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Austin Johnson
DL #94
Height:
6-4
Weight:
314
Age:
23
College:
Penn St.
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
14
SCK
0.5
FF
0
INT
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Biography

 
PRO: The Titans selected Austin Johnson in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.  The 6-foot-4-inch, 314-pound defensive lineman has the bulk and power to secure the middle of the defense as a nose tackle but also the versatility and movement skills to play other positions along the front.  At Penn State, he appeared in 38 games with 28 starts over three seasons, including starts in every game during his final two campaigns.  He gained the reputation there as a tenacious and relentless fighter in the trenches.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  
•    Johnson’s 78 tackles as a junior in 2015 ranked second among defensive linemen in FBS and were the most by a Penn State defensive lineman since Jimmy Kennedy (87) in 2002.
•    Against San Diego State on Sept. 26, 2015, he returned a fumble 71 yards for his first career touchdown (high school or college).
•    Against Michigan on Oct. 12, 2013, he helped the Nittany Lions win in four overtimes against the Wolverines.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    When Johnson was drafted by the Titans, he became a teammate once again of DaQuan Jones, a former Penn State defensive lineman who was drafted by the Titans in 2014.  The two remained close, and Jones was among Johnson’s family and friends surrounding him on draft night.
•    Johnson was a broadcast journalism major at Penn State.
•    The son of Austin and Tammy Johnson, he has two older sisters, Brandi and Erika, and one younger sister, Kennedy. Kennedy is a forward on the Michigan State women’s basketball team.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Galloway, N.J., native was selected by the Titans in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE:
•    In three seasons at Penn State, Johnson appeared in 38 games and recorded 28 starts, including starts in all 26 games as a sophomore and junior.  He totaled 154 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 24 tackles for loss, eight passes defensed, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries, including a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

AS A JUNIOR (2015), started all 13 games and named second-team All-Big Ten by the media and third-team All-Big Ten by the coaches.  Named All-Big Ten by BTN.com and ESPN.com and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from the Associated Press and Athlon Sports.  Ranked second on the team with 15.0 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.  Ranked second among defensive linemen in FBS and third on the team with 78 tackles, posting the most tackles for a Penn State defensive lineman since Jimmy Kennedy (87) in 2002.
•    Against Buffalo (9/12), registered nine tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.  Posted a solo sack in the second quarter and combined with Garrett Sickels for a third-quarter takedown of Bulls quarterback Joe Licata.
•    Against Rutgers (9/19), recorded six tackles, including a fourth-quarter sack.  Also notched two tackles for loss.  Part of a defense that held Rutgers to just three points, the fewest by Nittany Lions in a Big Ten opener since 1994.
•    Against San Diego State (9/26), had a 71-yard fumble return for a touchdown for his first career touchdown.  The play marked his fourth career fumble recovery and Penn State’s first fumble recovery for a touchdown since 2012.  Added two tackles and shared a tackle for loss to assist Penn State amassing nine tackles for loss in the game.
•    Against Indiana (10/10), logged nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack.  Named the coaching staff’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week with Carl Nassib.
•    Against Illinois (10/31), recorded five tackles and a sack in the team’s first Big Ten shutout victory since 2009.
•    At Northwestern (11/7), posted a career-high 10 tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack.
•    Against Georgia (1/2), in the TaxSlayer Bowl, ranked second on the team with eight tackles, including four solo and a sack.  Dropped Greyson Lambert for a nine-yard loss in the fourth quarter.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2014), started all 13 games and finished fifth on the team with 49 tackles.  Led the team with two fumble recoveries and added six tackles for loss and three pass breakups. Named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the conference media.
•    Against Central Florida (8/30), opened the season with three tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in Dublin, Ireland.
•    Against UMass (9/20), made two stops, including one for a loss, and added one pass breakup. Recovered his second career fumble and returned it seven yards to set up a scoring drive.  Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Minutemen to three yards rushing.
•    Against Maryland (11/1), posted six tackles, including a 10-yard sack.
•    Against Temple (11/15), registered four tackles, including one tackle for loss.  Added one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.  Helped limit Temple to 61 rushing yards and eight first downs, the fewest for a Penn State opponent since 2011.  He was selected the coaches’ Defensive Player of the Week.
•    Against Boston College (12/27), recorded a then-career-best seven tackles (four solo) in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2013), appeared in all 12 games with two starts.  Recorded 27 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and a fumble recovery.
•    Against Syracuse (8/31), made his collegiate debut with one tackle in the neutral site contest at MetLife Stadium.
•    Against Eastern Michigan (9/7), logged a season-high six stops.  Posted his first career tackle for loss and sack, a combined sack with DaQuan Jones in the third quarter.
•    Against Kent State (9/14), recorded his first career start.
•    Against Michigan (10/12), collected two tackles, including one tackle for loss in the four-overtime win.
•    Against Illinois (11/2), made his second career start and tallied two solo tackles.
•    Against Purdue (11/16), registered two tackles and added a half sack. Recovered his first career fumble to set up a third-quarter touchdown.

AS A FRESHMAN (2012), redshirted.
•    Graduated in December 2015 with a degree in journalism.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single, splits time between Nashville and Galloway, N.J.
•    Attended St. Augustine Preparatory School (Richland, N.J.), where he was a two-time team captain.  Named all-state, All-Cape-Atlantic League and All-South Jersey during his senior season.  Ranked among the nation’s top 25 prep defensive tackles by Scout.com.
•    Earned second-team All-Cape-Atlantic League and second-team All-South Jersey honors as a junior.
•    Also was an all-state performer in basketball in high school and was named Cape-Atlantic Basketball Player of the Year as a senior.  Guided the Hermits to the NJSIAA Non-Public Group A State Championship during his junior season.
•    On Twitter: @ajohn15
•    On Instagram: @ajohn99
•    List of favorites: (TV show) “Game of Thrones”; (movie) “Avengers: Age of Ultron”; (musician or band) Future, Drake; (athlete as a child) Michael Jordan; (guilty pleasure) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
•     Born Austin Hunter Johnson on May 8, 1994 in Galloway, N.J.
 
PRO: The Titans selected Austin Johnson in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.  The 6-foot-4-inch, 314-pound defensive lineman has the bulk and power to secure the middle of the defense as a nose tackle but also the versatility and movement skills to play other positions along the front.  At Penn State, he appeared in 38 games with 28 starts over three seasons, including starts in every game during his final two campaigns.  He gained the reputation there as a tenacious and relentless fighter in the trenches.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  
•    Johnson’s 78 tackles as a junior in 2015 ranked second among defensive linemen in FBS and were the most by a Penn State defensive lineman since Jimmy Kennedy (87) in 2002.
•    Against San Diego State on Sept. 26, 2015, he returned a fumble 71 yards for his first career touchdown (high school or college).
•    Against Michigan on Oct. 12, 2013, he helped the Nittany Lions win in four overtimes against the Wolverines.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    When Johnson was drafted by the Titans, he became a teammate once again of DaQuan Jones, a former Penn State defensive lineman who was drafted by the Titans in 2014.  The two remained close, and Jones was among Johnson’s family and friends surrounding him on draft night.
•    Johnson was a broadcast journalism major at Penn State.
•    The son of Austin and Tammy Johnson, he has two older sisters, Brandi and Erika, and one younger sister, Kennedy. Kennedy is a forward on the Michigan State women’s basketball team.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Galloway, N.J., native was selected by the Titans in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE:
•    In three seasons at Penn State, Johnson appeared in 38 games and recorded 28 starts, including starts in all 26 games as a sophomore and junior.  He totaled 154 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 24 tackles for loss, eight passes defensed, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries, including a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

AS A JUNIOR (2015), started all 13 games and named second-team All-Big Ten by the media and third-team All-Big Ten by the coaches.  Named All-Big Ten by BTN.com and ESPN.com and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from the Associated Press and Athlon Sports.  Ranked second on the team with 15.0 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.  Ranked second among defensive linemen in FBS and third on the team with 78 tackles, posting the most tackles for a Penn State defensive lineman since Jimmy Kennedy (87) in 2002.
•    Against Buffalo (9/12), registered nine tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.  Posted a solo sack in the second quarter and combined with Garrett Sickels for a third-quarter takedown of Bulls quarterback Joe Licata.
•    Against Rutgers (9/19), recorded six tackles, including a fourth-quarter sack.  Also notched two tackles for loss.  Part of a defense that held Rutgers to just three points, the fewest by Nittany Lions in a Big Ten opener since 1994.
•    Against San Diego State (9/26), had a 71-yard fumble return for a touchdown for his first career touchdown.  The play marked his fourth career fumble recovery and Penn State’s first fumble recovery for a touchdown since 2012.  Added two tackles and shared a tackle for loss to assist Penn State amassing nine tackles for loss in the game.
•    Against Indiana (10/10), logged nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack.  Named the coaching staff’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week with Carl Nassib.
•    Against Illinois (10/31), recorded five tackles and a sack in the team’s first Big Ten shutout victory since 2009.
•    At Northwestern (11/7), posted a career-high 10 tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack.
•    Against Georgia (1/2), in the TaxSlayer Bowl, ranked second on the team with eight tackles, including four solo and a sack.  Dropped Greyson Lambert for a nine-yard loss in the fourth quarter.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2014), started all 13 games and finished fifth on the team with 49 tackles.  Led the team with two fumble recoveries and added six tackles for loss and three pass breakups. Named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the conference media.
•    Against Central Florida (8/30), opened the season with three tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in Dublin, Ireland.
•    Against UMass (9/20), made two stops, including one for a loss, and added one pass breakup. Recovered his second career fumble and returned it seven yards to set up a scoring drive.  Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Minutemen to three yards rushing.
•    Against Maryland (11/1), posted six tackles, including a 10-yard sack.
•    Against Temple (11/15), registered four tackles, including one tackle for loss.  Added one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.  Helped limit Temple to 61 rushing yards and eight first downs, the fewest for a Penn State opponent since 2011.  He was selected the coaches’ Defensive Player of the Week.
•    Against Boston College (12/27), recorded a then-career-best seven tackles (four solo) in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2013), appeared in all 12 games with two starts.  Recorded 27 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and a fumble recovery.
•    Against Syracuse (8/31), made his collegiate debut with one tackle in the neutral site contest at MetLife Stadium.
•    Against Eastern Michigan (9/7), logged a season-high six stops.  Posted his first career tackle for loss and sack, a combined sack with DaQuan Jones in the third quarter.
•    Against Kent State (9/14), recorded his first career start.
•    Against Michigan (10/12), collected two tackles, including one tackle for loss in the four-overtime win.
•    Against Illinois (11/2), made his second career start and tallied two solo tackles.
•    Against Purdue (11/16), registered two tackles and added a half sack. Recovered his first career fumble to set up a third-quarter touchdown.

AS A FRESHMAN (2012), redshirted.
•    Graduated in December 2015 with a degree in journalism.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single, splits time between Nashville and Galloway, N.J.
•    Attended St. Augustine Preparatory School (Richland, N.J.), where he was a two-time team captain.  Named all-state, All-Cape-Atlantic League and All-South Jersey during his senior season.  Ranked among the nation’s top 25 prep defensive tackles by Scout.com.
•    Earned second-team All-Cape-Atlantic League and second-team All-South Jersey honors as a junior.
•    Also was an all-state performer in basketball in high school and was named Cape-Atlantic Basketball Player of the Year as a senior.  Guided the Hermits to the NJSIAA Non-Public Group A State Championship during his junior season.
•    On Twitter: @ajohn15
•    On Instagram: @ajohn99
•    List of favorites: (TV show) “Game of Thrones”; (movie) “Avengers: Age of Ultron”; (musician or band) Future, Drake; (athlete as a child) Michael Jordan; (guilty pleasure) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
•     Born Austin Hunter Johnson on May 8, 1994 in Galloway, N.J.
 
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 14 7 7 0.5 0 1 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2016 TEN 10 0 14 7 7 0.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 MIN L 16-25 1 0 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @DET W 16-15 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 OAK L 10-17 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 @HOU L 20-27 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 @MIA W 30-17 1 1 0 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 CLE W 28-26 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 IND L 26-34 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 JAX W 36-22 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 @SD L 35-43 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 GB W 47-25 1 0 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 @IND L 17-24 2 0 2 0.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @CHI W 27-21 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 DEN W 13-10 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
15 @KC W 19-17 4 2 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 @JAX L 17-38 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 HOU W 24-17 2 1 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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