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Austin Johnson (defensive lineman)

Austin Hunter Johnson born May 8, 1994 is an American football defensive end for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League NFL He played college football at Penn State, and was drafted by the Titans in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 College career
  • 3 Professional career
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life

Johnson was born in Galloway, New Jersey to parents Austin and Tammy Johnson, the third of four children – he has two older sisters and one younger sister He attended St Augustine College Preparatory School in Atlantic County, New Jersey with plans to play basketball in hopes of someday playing in college He did play basketball, and earned all-state accolades his senior year However, the football coach convinced him to try out for the football team, and he did Subsequently, he was recruited by Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who convinced him not only to commit to Penn State, but to keep his commitment after crippling sanctions were announced in wake of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, as well as the arrival of new coach Bill O'Brien

College career

"An unheralded prep player from New Jersey who spent as much time on the basketball court as the football field," Johnson redshirted his freshman season, but entered training camp in 2013 eager to make an impact on the defensive line, establishing himself as a candidate to start opposite DaQuan Jones, Penn State's star defensive tackle that season Mentored by Larry Johnson, Jones, and Jordan Hill, Austin Johnson proved himself early in the season, and earned a spot in the rotation at defensive tackle with Jones and Kyle Baublitz At the conclusion of the 2013 season, he was named a member of the freshman all-conference teams by both ESPNcom, and the Big Ten Network

Entering his redshirt sophomore season firmly established on the defensive line along with converted defensive end Anthony Zettel He sought to "lead by example"; Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop asserted that he was a consummate Penn State defensive tackle, drawing comparisons to Jones and Jack Crawford, among others The Patriot News columnist Bob Flounders rated him among the most important components to Penn State's team entering the 2014 season Early in the season, he did not compile many defensive statistics, but Penn State coach James Franklin commented, " probably the most athletic 315-pound guy I've been around The thing I like the most about him is every time I see him when he walks in the building or he's out at practice, he's got a huge smile on his face," going onto note that he has the ability to "wreck" an opponent's game He has the ability to draw a double-team from opponents' offensive lines, which frees other defensive linemen, linebackers, and safeties to make plays at the line of scrimmage Four games into Penn State's season, they had the best rush defense in the country, which Franklin attributed largely to the efforts of Johnson He is majored in business administration at Penn State

Professional career

Coming out of Penn State, the majority of scouts and analysts projected Johnson to be a second round pick He was invited to the NFL Combine and was able to complete all the drills and positional workouts Scouts and repersentatives from 31 NFL teams attended Penn State's pro day to evaluate Johnson, Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Lucas, Anthony Zettel, Carl Nassib, and eight other prospects He chose to only perform positional drills Johnson was ranked the ninth best defensive tackle by NFLDraftScoutcom and ranked the 14th best defensive tackle 80th overall by Sports Illustrated

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 in
193 m
314 lb
142 kg
32 3⁄4 in
083 m
9 7⁄8 in
025 m
532 s 185 s 307 s 475 s 784 s 26 in
066 m
8 ft 3 in
251 m
25 reps
All values from NFL Combine

The Tennessee Titans selected Johnson in the second round 43rd overall of the 2016 NFL Draft He was the sixth defensive tackle selected and the first of five Penn State players drafted

On May 9, 2016, the Tennessee Titans signed Johnson to a four-year, $566 million contract with $302 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $231 million

He entered training camp competing for the starting nose tackle position with Al Woods and Antwaun Woods Johnson was named the backup nose tackle to veteran Al Woods to begin the regular season

He made his professional regular season debut in the Tennessee Titan's season opener against the Minnesota Vikings and made one tackle in the 25-16 loss During a Week 11 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, he made two solo tackles and was credited with half a sack on Andrew Luck, as the Titans lost 24-17 On December 18, 2016, Johnson made a season-high four combined tackles during a 19-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs


  1. ^ a b Juliano, Joe October 2, 2013 "Penn State's Johnson happy he chose football" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved September 28, 2014 
  2. ^ Hockensmith, Dustin March 29, 2013 "Penn State football: A look at Austin Johnson's unheralded past and 'bright future'" The Patriot News Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Retrieved September 28, 2014 
  3. ^ "Eight Nittany Lions earn All-Big Ten honors from ESPNcom and BTNcom" GoPSUSportscom - Penn State Official Athletic Site Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics December 16, 2013 Retrieved September 28, 2014 
  4. ^ Snyder, Audrey April 30, 2014 "Man in the middle: Penn State DT Austin Johnson continues coming into his own" The Patriot News Harrisburg, PA Retrieved September 28, 2014 
  5. ^ Flounders, Bob July 21, 2014 "Breaking down Penn State's most important players: No 14 DT Austin Johnson" The Patriot News Harrisburg, PA Retrieved September 28, 2014 
  6. ^ Bodani, Frank September 24, 2014 "Penn State's Austin Johnson is Nittany Lions' low-key game-wrecker" York Daily Record Retrieved September 28, 2014 
  7. ^ Juliano, Joe September 27, 2014 "Penn State's Austin Johnson a terror on defense" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved September 28, 2014 
  8. ^ "2016 NFL Draft: Big board Top 100 prospects" sicom Retrieved February 3, 2017 
  9. ^ "Austin Johnson, DS #9 DT, Penn State: 2016 NFL Draft" nfldraftscoutcom Retrieved February 3, 2017 
  10. ^ "NFL Pro Day Central: Penn State" gopsusportscom Retrieved February 3, 2017 
  11. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Austin Johnson" nflcom Retrieved February 3, 2017 
  12. ^ Wyatt, Jim April 29, 2016 "Titans Target, Land Penn State DL Austin Johnson" TitansOnlinecom Retrieved July 15, 2017 
  13. ^ "Austin Johnson Draft Profile" NFLcom Retrieved November 10, 2016 
  14. ^ Wyatt, Jim May 9, 2016 "Titans agree to terms with six draft picks" TitansOnlinecom Retrieved November 10, 2016 
  15. ^ "Sportraccom: Austin Johnson" Sportraccom Retrieved February 3, 2017 
  16. ^ "Ourladscom: Tennessee Titan's depth chart: 07/30/2016" ourladscom Retrieved February 3, 2017 
  17. ^ "Ourladscom: Tennessee Titan's depth chart: 09/29/2016" ourladscom Retrieved February 3, 2017 

External links

  • Penn State Biography
  • Tennessee Titans bio

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