Overview
Manuel Johnson is a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, who selected him with the 229th pick in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Johnson attended the University of Oklahoma, where he played four seasons. Johnson is 6-feet tall and weighs 183 pounds.
Prep Career
A resident of Gilmer, TX, Johnson was a three-sport star at Gilmer High School where he lettered in football, track and field, and basketball. For the football team, Johnson played quarterback and wide receiver. During his high school career, Johnson threw for 48 career touchdowns, ran for 18 touchdowns, and caught 17 touchdowns. A two-time all-state player in 2003 and 2004, Johnson was honored as the Dave Campbell Player of the Year in 2004.
Freshman Year
In 2005, Johnson made an immediate impact as a true freshman at Oklahoma by catching 10 passes for 170 yards.
Sophomore Year
During his sophomore season, Johnson made noticeable improvements. He equaled his career-best with six grabs in the Fiesta Bowl including a TD reception. Johnson finished his sophomore season with 36 receptions and three TD.
Junior Year
Manuel Johnson's production dipped slightly in 2007. Johnson only managed to grab 31 passes, down from his 36 sophomore total. However, Johnson did increase his TD receptions, totaling four on the year.
Senior Year
As a senior, Johnson recorded 42 catches for 714 yards and nine touchdowns; those totals would have been even higher if not for a dislocated elbow. Johnson displayed a tough side by returning with a brace after missing only one game. After the 2008 season, Johnson was invited to participate in the 2009 East-West Shrine Game. He didn't catch a pass in the game, but did earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl, where he was a late addition to the North roster.
NFL Career
Manuel Johnson was selected in the seventh round (229th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He was cut by the team prior to the 2009 NFL season and joined the Cowboys practice squad.
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