9  Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
St. Louis, MO

High School:
CBC

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 190

Position:
Wide Receiver

Experience:
2L


Has become one of the top punt returners in Memphis football history ... Has had 40 career punt returns for 408 yards ... His 40 returns ties him for 6th place on the Tigers' career list and his 408 career yards puts him in 4th place behind Bob Baxter ... Was the leading receiver in the spring of 2001 with seven catches for 185 yards ... Averaged 26.4 yards per reception ...

2000: Was a regular for the Tigers at receiver in 2000 and started three contests at wide out ... Was the squad's third leading receiver with 25 catches for 251 yards and two touchdowns ... Also worked as the team's kick return specialist ... Opened the season with three catches for 32 yards in the Mississippi State contest ... Came on in the later stages of the season ... Had four receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown against Houston ... Had a season and career high six catches for 73 yards in the Cincinnati game ... Logged three pass receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown in the season finale against Tulane ... Served as the team's punt returner in 2000 and had his most productive season ... Returned 37 punts for 389 yards ... Was ranked 34 in the nation by the NCAA in punt returns ... Had four returns for 44 yards against Louisiana-Monroe ... Recorded six returns for 62 yards in the Southern Mississippi game ... Had three returns against Tennessee for 42 yards, including a 50-yarder ... Top performance of the season came against Cincinnati when he returned three punts for 92 yards including a career long 82-yarder that set up a Memphis score ... His 92 yards in returns against Tennessee rank as the 5th best single game performance in school history ... His 37 returns in 2000 rank as the 2nd highest single season total in Memphis history and his 389 yards also holds second place for a single season ... Led the Tigers in all-purpose yards in 2000 with 859 ... Averaged 78.1 yards per game in all-purpose yards ... Also registered 219 yards on 12 kickoff returns ... Was tied for fourth in C-USA in punt returns with an average of 10.5 yards per return ... Was tied for 10th in the conference in kickoff returns averaging 18.2 yards per return ... Received the Ralph Hatley Scholarship for 1999 ... Worked as the starting wide receiver this spring and enters fall camp as the starter at wide receiver ... Lettered last season as a receiver and kick returner ... Had nine pass receptions in spring scrimmages for 73 yards ...

1999: Sat out the first four games of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery in the summer ... Was cleared by doctors for the Missouri game and caught his first collegiate pass against the Missouri Tigers ... Caught a season long 39 yard pass against Southern Mississippi ... Led the team in receiving in the Southern Mississippi game when he grabbed four passes for 67 yards ... Had one reception for eight yards in the win over Army ... Finished the 1999 season with seven catches for 111 yards ... Was the team's fifth leading receiver despite seeing limited duty ... Averaged 15.9 yards per reception ... His 15.9 yard average led all Tiger receivers ... Worked as a kick returner later in the season and finished the campaign with nine returns for 179 yards ... Averaged 19.9 yards per return and had a long return of 40 yards in the 49-7 win over Tulane ... Had three kickoff returns for 60 yards in the win over Army ... Was ranked fifth on the Tiger squad in all-purpose yards in 1999 ... Worked with the Tiger basketball team for the months of November and December 1999 ... Worked as a point guard and appeared in four games ...

Prep: An all-state wide receiver and defensive back from Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis ... Was a three-year starter at receiver for coach Bryan Hagerty ... Worked as a receiver, quarterback and defensive back ... Lettered for three years in both football and basketball ... Was named to the All-Region, All-Metro and All-State team as a senior ... Set school records for the most touchdowns in a game (5), the most receptions in a season (51) and the most career receptions (118) ... Had 51 receptions for 468 yards and six touchdowns as a senior ... Caught passes for a team leading 570 yards as a junior and had eight touchdown receptions ... As a sophomore he had 500 yards receiving with seven touchdowns ... Finished his career with 121 catches for 1,538 yards and 21 touchdowns ... Was the starting point guard for CBC and helped his team to the state 5A basketball championship as a sophomore ... Runs 4.5 40-yard dash ... Is the cousin of former Boston Celtic JoJo White and current Philadelphia 76er Larry Hughes ...

Born: 2/13/81 ... Son of Randolph Johnson and Linda Askew.

Johnson's Statistics

Receiving G/S No Yds Avg Tds LG
1999 7/0 7 111 15.9 0 39
2000 11/3 25 251 10.0 2 40
Total 18/3 32 362 11.3 2 40
Kickoff Ret. G/S No Yds Avg Tds LG
1999 7/0 9 179 19.9 0 40
2000 11/3 12 219 18.2 0 26
Total 18/3 21 398 18.9 0 40
Punt Ret. G/S No Yds Avg Tds LG
1999 7/0 3 19 6.3 0 11
2000 11/3 37 389 10.5 0 82
Total 18/3 40 408 10.2 0 82

Johnson's Career Highs

Most Pass Receptions/Game: 6 vs Cincinnati ('00)
Most Yards Receiving/Game: 73 vs Cincinnati ('00)
Long Reception: 40 vs Cincinnati ('00)
Most Touchdown Receptions/Game: 1 vs Tulane & Houston ('00)
Most Punt Returns/Game: 6 vs Southern Miss ('00)
Most Punt Return Yards/Game: 92 vs Cincinnati ('00)
Longest Punt Return: 82 vs Cincinnati ('00)
Most Kickoff Returns/Game: 3 vs Army & Southern Miss ('99)
Most Kickoff Return Yards/Game: 60 vs Army ('99)
Longest Kickoff Return: 40 vs Tulane ('99)
Most All-Purpose Yards/Game: 195vs Cincinnati ('00)

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