Position: Wide Receiver
Size: 6-0, 175
High School: Tyler John Tyler (TX)
2011 Review: In one of the biggest wins in SMU history, Jeremy Johnson stepped up big in his first ever start. After coughing up a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter at No. 20 TCU, SMU needed overtime and a little magic from Johnson to pull out the victory.
The Mustangs got the ball first and it didn't take long for quarterback J.J. McDermott to connect with Johnson on a 19-yard scoring pass to give SMU a 40-33 lead. SMU's defense stopped TCU on the ensuing drive and Johnson was mauled in the excitement.
He finished the game with six receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown. But the glory was short lived as senior Cole Beasley made his return the following week and Johnson went back to riding the bench.
He only played sparingly in other contests and finished the year with 16 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown. But that certainly doesn't take away from the potential he flashed in Fort Worth.
2011 Grade: B+
2012 Outlook: Potential. Johnson has a ton of it and will finally be able to showcase it this season as he takes over for Beasley as the full-time starter in the slot, which means he should see a lot of balls come his way.
If he plays the whole season like he did against TCU then the SMU offense should roll. Having a stable quarterback in Garrett Gilbert and a new wide receivers coach in Jason Phillips will go a long way in Johnson's development.
People seem to forget that he had never played the position before coming to SMU. At John Tyler, he was the team's starting quarterback and compiled close to 4,000 yards of total offense.
His athletic ability is undeniable and may even be better the Beasley, who is now with the Dallas Cowboys, in the near future. If he's mastered the position, definitely expect a breakout season.
Player Profile Series: WR Jeremy Johnson
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