Staked his claim as one of the leaders of the 2013 Cowboy defense with a big performance in OSU's bowl win over Purdue ... A former professional baseball player ... Joined the program as a walk-on ... Earned ample playing time in the middle of the Cowboy defense as a linebacker in 2011 and as a defensive end in 2012.
2012 (Junior): Did not start a game but saw lots of action for the Cowboys ... Did not play against Arizona or Louisiana ... Best game of the season came in the Heart Of Dallas Bowl, where he had a season high of six tackles to go with two quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles ... Had five tackles at Kansas ... Had four tackles against West Virginia and Texas ... Had quarterback sacks against Texas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, as well as Purdue ... Had a tackle for loss at Kansas ... Picked off a pass against Texas ... At Baylor he had three tackles, a tackle-for-loss, a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery ... Finished No. 14 in the Big 12 with four quarterback sacks ... Was eighth in the league with two forced fumbles.
2011 (Sophomore): Seemed to take the next step in his development with a solid sophomore season at linebacker and on special teams ... Only played in nine games due to injury (missed the first four games of the season) but had 29 tackles, including 22 solo stops ... Had seven tackles in his season debut against Kansas ... Recorded six tackles against Baylor and five against the Sooners ... Had four tackles against Missouri and Texas Tech ... Had a sack for an eight-yard loss against the Jayhawks and was credited with another tackle behind the line of scrimmage.
2010 (Freshman): Played in 11 games and recorded eight tackles ... Best game was a five-tackle effort against Tulsa ... Had solo tackles against Louisiana, Baylor and Oklahoma.
Professional Baseball: Signed with the Angels out of high school and spent six years in the organization as an outfielder/first baseman ... Had a nice blend of speed and power with 42 career homers and 94 stolen bases ... Taken in the 12th round (No. 353 overall) ... Missed nearly all of 2004 due to injury.
High School: Rated as the No. 11 prospect in Oklahoma after his senior season at Haskell ... Signed to play football at Tulsa before heading down the baseball path ... Started four years at linebacker and three years at running back for the Haymakers ... Rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior on his way to district player of the year honors.
Personal: Born Nov. 2, 1985, in Muskogee, Okla. ... Son of Valerie and Trent Johnson ... Health and education major ... Is a relative of LeShon Johnson, a former NFL running back with the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants.