Overview
Julian Rashad Johnson is a safety for the Arizona Cardinals, who selected him with the 95th pick in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Johnson played college football at the University of Alabama, where he was a two-time first team All-SEC selection. Johnson is 6-feet tall and weighs 186 pounds.
Prep Career
Johnson was a running back at Sulligent High School in Sulligent, AL, but considered undersized for the position. He had scholarship offers for Division II schools, but chose to walk on at Alabama.
Freshman Year
Johnson redshirted in 2004, then played exclusively on special teams in 2005.
Sophomore Year
Rashad Johnson started four of his 11 games in 2006, missing the last two games of the regular season with an ankle injury. He returned for the PetroSun Independence Bowl against Oklahoma State, recording a season-high seven tackles.
Junior Year
In 2007, Johnson led the Crimson Tide with 81 tackles, and his six interceptions tied for the SEC lead. For the second straight season, he recorded his season high in tackles in the Independence Bowl, recording 13 in the win over Colorado. He was a first team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches.
Senior Year
Johnson helped Alabama to a 12-0 start and a berth in the SEC Championship Game, finishing the season with 89 tackles, five interceptions and two touchdowns. He was once again an All-SEC first team selection. The highlight of his season came in a 27-21 win over LSU, during which he recorded three interceptions and a touchdown. He had seven total tackles in Alabama's loss to Utah in the Sugar Bowl, the final game of his college career.
NFL Career
Johnson was selected in the third round (95th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Before the 2009 season, Johnson signed a three-year contract with Arizona.
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