Returns as the team's starting punter ... Battling for starting kickoff duties ... Won the punting job at the start of the year and earned a scholarship at the end of last season with his solid performance ... Worked hard in the spring and improved his consistency ... Has a strong leg ... Recorded the third-longest punt in school history, when he punted a ball 76 yards against USF (10/25) ... Started shaky in 2003, but continued to improve and finished on a strong note and should have an even stronger season in 2004 ... Finished third in Conference USA in average yards per game ... Nationally, ranked No. 40 in average yards per punt ... Southern Miss Special Teams' Award for the Cincinnati (10/4), USF (10/25) and the Houston (11/8) games ... Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Game for the USF game ... Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll ... President's List ... Liberty Bowl: Selected as the team's Offensive Player of the Game and received the Liberty Bowl Scholar Athlete Award ... Had eight punts for 366 yards for a 45.8 yard average ... Had a long punt of 56 yards in the game and had three punts inside the 20-yard line ... 2003 (r-So.): Started all 13 games ... Accumulated 79 punts for 3,326 yards for an average of 42.1 yards per punt ... Had four punts blocked over the first six games but is now on a streak of 37 straight without having any blocked ... Seven punts resulted in touchbacks, eight were fair caught and 28 were downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line ... 13 punts of 50 yards or more ... Had at least a 41-yard per punt average nine times ... Season-high nine punts for 409 yards, an average of 45.4 yards a punt, long punt of 76 yards, punted three over 50 yards and placed five inside the opponent's 20-yard line against USF ... Averaged 41.2 yards per punt against Memphis (9/13), had a long punt of 56 yards, and placed four inside the 20-yard line ... Placed four punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line at Houston (11/8) ... Seven punts for 292 yards, an average of 41.7 yards, with a long punt of 56 yards against Nebraska (9/25) ... Six punts for 267 yards, an average of 44.5 yards per punt, long of 65 yards and placed two inside the 20-yard line at Cal (8/30) ... Averaged 43.7 yards per punt on six punts with a long of 53 yards and placed three inside the 20-yard line at UAB (9/4) ... Averaged 41.9 on seven punts with a long of 50 yards at Alabama (10/11) ... Three punts for 127 yards, an average of 42.3 yards per punt, with a long punt of 47 yards against Tulane (11/15) ... 2002 (r-Fr.): Practiced with the team but did not see any game action ... 2001 (Fr.): Redshirted ... Named "Tomorrow's Team Special Teams Player of the Week" by the Southern Miss coaching staff for the Alabama game (11/29) ... Prep: Three-year letterwinner for Coach Mike Taylor at West Jones High School ... Nine punts for a 50.2-yard average before sustaining a knee injury in the second game of the season ... An all-state punter selection as a senior ... As a junior, he averaged 40.0 yards a punt and kicked 2-of-4 field goal attempts (42, 34) ... He was successful of 6-of-7 field goal attempts as a sophomore with two longer than 40 yards and a season long of 51 yards ... Two-time All-Jones County as a kicker and punter ... Three-time all-district both as a kicker and punter ... Also lettered in baseball and soccer ... An all-county, all-district and all-state selection as a catcher in baseball ... Two-time all-district in soccer ... Graduated with highest honors, finishing fourth out of 226 seniors ... Hall of Fame ... Voted as president of his senior class ... Also named president of the student council ... President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Personal: Son of Joe and Jean Johnson ... Majoring in business administration ... Born Mar. 2, 1983.
2003 Game-by-Game Punting Statistics (Punts-Avg.-Long): Cal 6-44.5-65; UAB 6-43.7-53; Memphis 8-41.2-56; Nebraska 7-41.7-56; Cincinnati 8-38.9-49; Alabama 7-41.9-50; USF 9-45.4-76; Louisiana-Lafayette 2-45.0-52; Houston 5-36.2-45; Tulane 3-42.3-47; TCU 5-40.0-50; East Carolina 5-41.7-55; Utah 8-45.8-56
Johnson's Punting Statistics
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