Hometown: Dinwiddie, Va.
Height & Weight: 6-foot-1, 230 pounds
Projected Position on Depth Chart: Backup linebacker
The rundown: Johnson is a fourth-year defender who has experience playing both linebacker and defensive end for the Terps but will begin the season as a linebacker. He has played in 16 games as a Terp and has one start that came in his redshirt freshman season. Last year as a sophomore, Johnson played in three games as a reserve defensive end against Miami, West Virginia and Towson. He made the transition to linebacker in the middle of the season but did not see anymore playing time after the Towson game. He finished with one fumble recovery against West Virginia last year.
Expectations for 2012: The Terps have a solid starting linebacker corps with seniors Demetrius Hartsfield, Darin Drakeford, and Kenny Tate and sophomore linebackers L.A. Goree and Cole Farrand, meaning Johnson will be unlikely to crack the starting lineup this season barring any injuries. Johnson is Hartsfield's backup at the Mo linebacker entering the season and should see the field at some point as a backup. If Johnson wants to be considered for a starting job after the season when the seniors will be leaving, he will need to make the most of his snaps and prove to the coaches that he can be a valuable component in the pass rush and the run defense.