Joined the Florida Atlantic defensive staff in the spring of 2017 as a defensive graduate assistant. He participated in the 2016 NFL Combine and was signed as a rookie free agent by the New England Patriots. Johnson is reunited at FAU with his former defensive coordinator Chris Kiffin, who mentored the linebacker at Ole Miss.
Collegiate Playing Career
Drew nine starts as a senior Mike linebacker where he totaled 43 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 10 games played. Ole Miss ranked top three among SEC teams in tackles for loss (8.1/game - 7th in NCAA), interceptions (15 - t23rd in NCAA) and takeaways (23 - t38th in NCAA). Johnson was a preseason All-SEC Third Team (Phil Steele) honoree and was a member of the Butkus Award watch list after making the move from defensive end to Mike linebacker the spring prior to his senior season.
As a junior he played in every game with 12 starts at defensive end and served as a game captain in each contest (13). He finished his junior season second on the team with 4.0 sacks and tied for third with 8.0 TFLs while totaling 38 tackles, an interception, a pass breakup and two fumble recoveries. Johnson helped Ole Miss to lead the nation in scoring defense (16.0 ppg) and led the SEC in tackles for a loss (7.6 per game). He was a preseason All-SEC Third Team (Lindy’s, College Sports Madness), Fourth Team (Phil Steele) selection and was rated the No. 8 DE in the SEC by ESPN.com. As a sophomore he started the first four games at defensive end but missed the remainder of the season due to an injury and was granted a redshirt. Prior to the season he was named preseason All-SEC Second Team by Athlon and Birmingham News, Third Team by the league coaches, media and Lindy’s, and fourth team by Phil Steele and was on the CFPA Defensive Lineman Trophy Preseason Watch List.
In 2012, he was All-SEC Third Team (College Sports Madness), College Football News Sophomore All-America honorable mention after he played in every game at DE, with 10 starts. Johnson led team with 6.5 sacks, tied for eighth in SEC with 0.5 sacks per game and finished sixth on team with 55 tackles and 4th with 8.0 TFLs. He helped Ole Miss lead all SEC teams and rank fourth in the nation in TFLs (7.9/game) and rank second in the SEC and 11th nationally in sacks (2.9 per game).
As a freshman, Johnson played in 11 games, starting three at defensive end where he recorded 32 tackles, including 4.0 TFLs and 1.0 sack.
Johnson was a U.S. Army, Parade, PrepStar and SuperPrep All-America selection coming out of high school where he was listed No. 1 on The Clarion-Ledger’s Top 10 Most Wanted list. He earned First Team All-State honors from The Clarion-Ledger and was a member of the paper’s Dandy Dozen squad. He was named 3A Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-State by the Mississippi Association of Coaches as a senior and was listed No. 19 on the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120. Johnson completed his high school career rated the No. 1 player in Mississippi, the No. 2 inside linebacker in the nation and the No. 21 player overall in the country by Rivals.com. He was ranked the No. 4 middle linebacker and the No. 58 player in the nation by Scout.com and was listed as the No. 9 middle linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com, rated the No. 5 player in Mississippi by SuperPrep and was selected to the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern first team. He earned team MVP honors at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic as a senior, a game that he recorded-setting 16 tackles which still stands, and collected 149 tackles and two INTs as a senior. As a senior, his team coached by Teddy Dyess, finished the year 12-1 and advanced to the Class 3A state playoffs. Johnson posted 151 tackles as a junior.
Full Name: Christopher Jakensly Johnson
Born: May 23, 1993
Education: Earned his Ole Miss degree in criminal justice in 2015. Currently pursuing a MBA Sports Management degree.