On the softball field, though, there's nothing ordinary about the University of Kentucky senior. She's developed into not only one of UK's best players, but also one of the best players in the Southeastern Conference.
She hit a team-high .433 last year when UK made the NCAA Tournament.and led the Wildcats in runs scored (53), hits (81) and doubles (14). She also contributed nine home runs and drove in 34 runs. In the field, she was nearly flawless as she had a .934 fielding percentage at shortstop.
Those numbers earned her a spot on Team USA in the Japan Cup last summer where she helped her team win the gold medal. She even hit a grand slam home run against the home team in her first at-bat as a starter.
Now she hopes to lead Kentucky, which returned every starter off last year's 34-23 team, to an even better season.
"I think the sky is the limit for our team. We were happy with our season last year, but we were not completely satisfied," said Johnson, who is from Tuscon, Ariz. "I think we know we can do better and with the freshmen we have got it, they are going to help immediately. Even though we are not under the radar any more, I think we can still surprise some people."
Still, she knows in the competitive Southeastern Conference there is no guarantee of success. "I would not say necessarily it will be hard to exceed what we did last year. I think a lot of other teams we play, especially in conference, expect us to be good so we won't be flying under any radar in conference. They all know we are a tough team to compete with. It's going to be different," she said.
Johnson shared these other insights with Kentucky Sports Report about herself and her Kentucky softball career