Player Profile Series: Jeremy Johnson

Our player profile series continues with a look at WR Jeremy Johnson!

Jeremy Johnson

Position: Wide Receiver

Size: 6-0, 179

High School:Tyler John Tyler

Classification: Senior

2012 Review: Jeremy Johnson was named All-Conference USA honorable mention last year as he took over for Cole Beasley in the slot. He was Garret Gilberts favorite target all season and led the Mustangs with 67 receptions for 679 yards and three touchdowns. The offense had their ups and downs in the passing game all season, but Johnson was definitely the team's most consistent receiver.

His best game was an 11-catch, 106-yard performance against Tulane, where he also scored a touchdown. He also had over 8 catches and 90 yards in both the Southern Miss and Houston games. But Johnson only averaged 10 yards a reception last season, which was good for fourth on the team.

He also struggled the last three games of the season, combining for just four catches and 36 yards in those games. Part of that falls on Gilbert's inconsistent play and the disappointing play of the other receivers, but Johnson did not quite live up to expectations.

Grade: B+

2013 Outlook: Johnson will most likely be Gilbert's favorite target yet again this season and has already earned all-AAC preseason honors. He has proven himself to be a very consistent option in the slot, and now will be asked to also take on more of a leadership role with younger receivers like Darius Joseph and Arrius Holleman.

The slot is an integral part of SMU's offense, so expect Johnson to have an even better year this year. He will continue to draw plenty of attention from opposing defenses, but Hal Mumme and June Jones will find creative ways to get him involved- there have been whispers of him running the Wild Mustang for years.

Of course, a lot of SMU's passing game will depend on how Gilbert develops into the new offense, but Johnson should be able to put up numbers regardless.

Johnson has had a nice career at SMU and is looking to put the final touches on his legacy. He is the most complete and established receiver on the team and should be a weapon against every team on the schedule. SMU's offense could look the best it has in a while this season, and Johnson has a chance to be the most explosive player on the team.

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