Today we profile a player who, for the last two years, has caused me to say "he hasn't graduated yet?" - likely due to the fact that he looks like he's 40.
Bradley Johnson, Senior (RS), Inside Linebacker, #58
Twitter: Too old.
Collegiate Stats: 18 tackles (nine assisted), 0.5 for a loss, one fumble forced, one fumble recovered, one pass broken up
High School Stats: 124 tackles, five for a loss, five pass breakups, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries
Recruiting Ratings: Three stars by Rivals (#21 in Va., #22 OLB), ESPN (#119 OLB), two stars by Scout (#56 WLB)
High School: Dinwiddie
Hometown: Dinwiddie, Va.
High School Highlights:
You guessed it, too old. At least for a singular highlight package - here are three separate plays .
How'd He Get to College Park?
Bradley Johnson was one of the most productive linebackers in the area, compiling more than 100 tackles in each of his last two high school seasons. He was recruited to Maryland by Tom Brattan, one of only two coaches still with the school from when Johnson committed. He was also offered by South Carolina, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, among others
Johnson redshirted in 2009, and was named defensive scout team player of the week in back-to-back weeks in November. The next year, he moved from linebacker to defensive end, where he played in all 13 games, starting one. In his first-ever collegiate game, he had five tackles against Navy, which still stands as his career high.
Two years ago, he played in three games, recovering a fumble against West Virginia and doing just about nothing else. Midway through the year, he moved back to linebacker, but did not play.
Last year, he played in seven games, splitting time between the linebacking unit and special teams. He recorded four tackles, all solo, and forced a fumble.
"Old Man Johnson"
Five tackles against Navy as a redshirt freshman.
30 tackles as a back-up inside man.
Bradley Johnson is listed as one of two primary back-ups at inside linebacker - he is to Cole Farrand what Abner Logan is to L.A. Goree. The difference? This is Johnson's last year, which means this is his last shot at meaningful playing time. He probably has the immediate advantage over Logan in the battle for the third linebacking spot (also known as "first man off the bench"), as the bigger guy with more experience, but don't sleep on Abner's talent.
Johnson has had an interesting career with Maryland, switching positions and never really finding a place. Inside linebacker in a 3-4 seems to fit his skillset extraordinarily well, and if used in the right situations he could be a silent, but key contributor for the Terps this year.
Our next player went to the same high school as a Terp who left the program a few years ago, despite being the bestest fullback ever.
royvan joins the logjam with two.
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UATerp - 2
royvan - 2
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