Player Profile – LB Micah Johnson

As the lockout continues, we are trying to provide a very personal look at some of the unknown players on the roster that might be able to step up and provide some help on the field during the 2011 season. Last week we featured DT Anthony Toribio. This week it’s LB Micah Johnson.

Micah Johnson is an Army brat who was born in Georgia but has lived all over the country as the son of Colonel Skip Johnson. It was in high school in Virginia and Kentucky, and then college at the University of Kentucky where he flashed his remarkable achievements.


Micah Johnson

Born – June 22, 1988, in Columbus, Georgia.

Family – Parents are Vicki and Nathaniel Johnson II. This is a military family that has lived in Oklahoma, California, Washington, Hawaii, Virginia, the District of Columbia and Kentucky over the last 25 years. They had three sons – Nathaniel Johnson III, Christian and the youngest Micah. Dad played college football at Bishop College in Dallas, the alma mater of Hall of Fame CB Emmitt Thomas of the Chiefs. Nathaniel III played football at Laney College, a two-year junior college in Oakland, California. Christian was an offensive lineman at the University of Kentucky, earning recognition for his play in (2005-07, 2009).

Mom is a clinical social worker, while Dad is Colonel Nathaniel “Skip” Johnson II, who at one time was the commander of the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry regiment, 3rd Brigade combat team of the 101st Airborne Assault, based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. This group was known as the Iron Rakkasans of the 3rd Battalion and saw some of the toughest and most dangerous action in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was promoted from Lt. Colonel in August of 2009 in ceremonies in Washington, D.C. While serving a one-year tour of duty in Iraq in 2005-06, then Lt. Colonel Johnson missed Micah’s senior season of high school ball.


  • Height – 6-feet, 1 ½ inches.
  • Weight – 258 pounds.
  • 40-yard dash – 4.99 seconds (4.84 at Pro Day.)
  • 20-yard dash – 2.80 seconds.
  • 10-yard dash – 1.71 seconds.
  • Bench press – 31 repetitions at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 29 inches.

Throughout his high school and college careers, Johnson’s reported height and weight varied from standing 6-2 to 6-4, to weighing anywhere from 245 to 275 pounds. During his 2005 season, he was listed at 6-2, 265 pounds, but one sportswriter wrote that he was closer to 6-5 and 275 pounds.



May 8 – After not being selected in the 2010 NFL Draft, Johnson signed as a free agent with the Giants after taking part in New York’s rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis.

June 21 – Johnson was released by the Giants at the end of their off-season program.

August 3 – He signed with the Dolphins after Miami lost rookie LB E.J. Edds to a knee injury at the start of training camp.

September 6 – Miami reached the 53-man regular-season roster limit and Johnson was part of the team.

September 13 – Playing against Buffalo in the season opener, Johnson turns in one tackle on special teams in the Dolphins victory.

September 15 – Johnson was released by the Dolphins, after the regular season opening game.

December 8 – He signed with the Chiefs and was added to the practice squad.


January 12 – Johnson signs a Reserve/Futures contract with the Chiefs.


Johnson majored in family sciences at the University of Kentucky.

Over four seasons playing for head coach Rich Brooks he appeared in 49 games, with 285 total tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles. He also scored a rushing TD as a freshman. He received All-Southeastern Conference honors as both a junior and senior

2009 – Johnson played in all 13 games for the Wildcats, finishing with 105 total tackles and one sack. His best performance came against Tennessee when he had 16 total tackles and 2 tackles for loss. In the Music City Bowl against Clemson he contributed five tackles. He suffered a sprained foot in pre-season practice that almost kept him out of the season opener. Johnson suffered a strained MCL in the first quarter of a game against Louisiana-Monroe and left the game, but he returned the next week. He earned second-team All-SEC honors.

2008 – Missing two games because of a high ankle sprain suffered against Middle Tennessee State that bothered him throughout the season, Johnson played in the other 11, with 93 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He was the second leading tackler in the conference and earned first team-All-SEC honors. Against Arkansas, he had 15 total tackles, 2 TFL and one sack. In the Liberty Bowl, Johnson had 6 total tackles and 1.5 TFL against East Carolina.

2007 – Playing in 12 games, Johnson had 58 tackles, 4 TFL and 2 interceptions, including one that he returned for a TD. His best performance was against Florida Atlantic with 9 total tackles, 2 TFL and 1 INT that he returned 21 yards for a score. In the Music City Bowl against Florida State, he had 4 total tackles and an interception. He missed one game against undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on October 22, missing only one game.

2006 – Johnson played in all 13 games, with 29 total tackles. His best performance that year came in the season opener against Louisville when he had 7 total tackles. Against Clemson in the Music City Bowl, he scored on a 1-yard TD run with the offense. He was selected to the SEC All-Freshman team for his performance.




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Johnson was a 2006 graduate of Ft. Campbell High School in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.

Located on the Tennessee/Kentucky state line, the 106,700-acre installation possesses a unique capability to deploy mission-ready contingency forces by air, rail, highway, and inland waterway. Ft. Campbell is home base for the only Air Assault Division in the world, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). It also serves as home for two prestigious Special Operations units. Depending on deployments, the base has a population of approximately 25,000 soldiers and their families.

Lt. Colonel Johnson moved his family to Ft. Campbell in the summer of 2004, transferring in from West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia, where he played in 2002-03 for the Wolverines. Micah Johnson was described as “standing 6-3, 260 pounds, with 14 percent body fat and bench pressing 350 pounds, with little or no weight room experience.” He ended up playing two seasons for head coach Shawn Berner and the Falcons.

In his senior season, he was the most decorated schoolboy football player in the state, earning Mr. Football honors in Kentucky, as well as first-team All-Kentucky honors on defense and he received the Roy Kidd Award as the state’s most valuable player, and the Paul Horning and Frank Camp Awards, presented to the state’s best player.

Johnson also participated in basketball, track and power lifting at FCHS. In his two seasons playing basketball for the Falcons, he was generally an automatic double-double in points and rebounds. In March ’06, Ft. Campbell made its first advancement to the district championship game, only to lose to Christian County; Johnson had 30 points and 20 rebounds in that game. In ’05 he finished second in the state power lifting tournament in the heavyweight division, lifting a total of 1,010 pounds in the competition. Johnson threw the shot put in track and in the ’06 Kentucky state meet and finished second with a toss of 51-feet, 8 inches.

2005 – He earned first-team all-state honors by the Associated Press as a linebacker/defensive end. The Falcons reached the state quarterfinals with a 12-1 record and a 7-0 mark in their league. In the post-season, Ft. Campbell beat Edmonson County 58-0 and Caldwell County 56-7 before losing to Owensboro Catholic 28-25. Johnson ran for 1,369 yards and 26 TDs, with 120 total tackles and 4 recovered fumbles over the season. His best game on offense came against Ft. Knox, when he ran for 253 yards, 3 TD runs and 3 two-point conversion runs. He had 195 yards on 18 carries in the first half of that game. In a game against Caldwell County, he was ejected from the game with 1:22 remaining to be played in the first quarter for his second personal foul penalty of the game. That also kept him out of the next week’s game.

2004 – Johnson ran for 1,249 yards on 121 carries with 17 TDs and did that in just six games on offense. Defensively, he had 173 total tackles, 3 sack as Ft. Campbell finished 10-2 and 7-0 in their league. Against Glasgow, he ran for 310 yards in setting a school record. They beat Hart County (51-6) and lost to Glasgow in overtime (36-28) in the Kentucky state playoffs. He was named first-team All-State as a defensive end.


Johnson was a five-star recruit coming out of Fort Campbell and was chased by almost all of the big football powers. He received offers from Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Louisville, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech – 18 offers in all. ESPN ranked him as the best ILB in the country and rated him the ninth best player in the country, no matter the position.

He committed early to Kentucky on November 29, 2005.

3 Responses to “Player Profile – LB Micah Johnson”

  • June 9, 2011  - ChuckP says:

    Micah’s bench press looks particulary impressive to me. 31 presses for his weight really looks good to me. He looks like a stud that could get the job done and Iam rooting for him!!!!

  • June 9, 2011  - TeamBalco says:

    Remember Levon Kirkland? Micah is that type of player.

  • June 9, 2011  - tfjtfj says:

    he could make the practice squad again or backup DJ and Belcher inside on the 53(most likely not the 45)

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