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#17 Michael Johnson
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210
Year: Senior
Hometown: Gainsville, Fla.
High School: Gainsville HS
Major: Health Sciences
Experience: 2 Letters
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At Delaware: Third-year junior who has become one of the top triple threats in the Colonial Athletic Association as both a receiver, runner, and as a kick returner • team's top returning pass receiver • selected to College Football Performance Awards Kickoff Returns to Watch List in pre-season • coming off a breakout season in which he led the Blue Hens with 1,073 all-purpose yards • has played in 21 career games with 11 starts and caught 44 passes for 460 yards (10.4 avg.) and four touchdowns while averaging 25.2 yards (No. 4 all-time at Delaware) on 39 career kickoff returns • 983 career kickoff return yards ranks No. 10 all-time at Delaware • has scored a combined six career touchdowns on receptions, rushing, and kickoff returns • will start for second straight year at wide receiver (X) • owns 1,506 career all-purpose yards to rank No. 2 among active players on team behind Andrew Pierce • ranks No. 7 among active kick returns in NCAA FCS with 25.2 yard average • one of only three players in UD history to return kickoffs for 80 or more yards twice in a career • has good combination of height and speed and the ability to outmuscle defenders and then run past them • caught two passes for 48 yards in Blue-White spring game.

2012 Season: One of Delaware's most dangerous weapons on offense and special teams as a sophomore • led the team with 1,073 all-purpose yards as he was a threat every time he touched the ball • ranked No. 2 on the team in receiving has he caught 41 passes for 441 yards, a 10.8 yard average, and a team-high four touchdowns • also rushed for 39 yards and a touchdown and returned 23 kickoffs for 593 yards, a 25.8 average (No. 2 in CAA/No. 25 in NCAA), and one touchdown • scored a total of six touchdowns three ways as he scored on a 19-yard run vs. West Chester, on a 94-yard kickoff return vs. Villanova, and on scoring receptions of 19 yards vs. West Chester, 14 yard vs. Delaware State, nine yards vs. Old Dominion, and 25 yards vs. Towson •  593 return yards was the No. 6 best mark all-time at UD while the 25.8 average ranked No. 7 • set two UD kickoff returns records, tying the kickoffs returns in a game record with eight vs. Villanova and breaking the mark for kick returns yards in a game with 223 vs. Villanova (old mark 221 by Eddie Conti in 1994) • 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown vs. Villanova was the ninth longest in UD history • marked career-highs with six catches for 88 yards in season opener vs, West Chester • also had five catches for 67 yards vs. Bucknell, five catches for 36 yards vs. Old Dominion, and five vs. Richmond for 41 yards • named CAA Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Villanova and was the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Villanova and Offensive MVP vs. West Chester and Old Dominion • caught two passes for 18 yards in 2012 Blue-White spring game • switched number from 29 to 17 in the spring • team went 5-6 for head coach K.C. Keeler.

2011 Season: Appeared in 10 games during his freshman season • backup wide receiver and kickoff return specialist • carried the ball four times for 24 yards • made three catches for 19 yards • was second on the team in kickoff returns with 16 for 390 yards and a 24.4-yard average that ranked him No. 32 in the nation • teamed with Hawkins to make Delaware the only team in the nation to have two players rank in the top 35 in return average • caught two passes for five yards vs. Rhode Island and snared a pass for 14 yards against Villanova • carried the ball twice on sweeps for 26 yards vs. William & Mary • saw only spot duty until mid-season when he energized the team as a kick returner • burst on to the scene vs. Rhode Island when he returned seven kickoffs for 141 yards (20.1 avg.), including a 29-yard return, made a tackle, and recovered a fumble • enjoyed another outstanding performance in a win over eventual CAA champion Towson the following week when he returned three kickoffs for 150 yards (50.0 avg.), including a career-high 80-yard return and another 51-yard return on the opening kickoff • became first player in UD history to have two kickoff returns of 50 or more yards in the same game • named Blue Hen Touchdown Club Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance vs. Towson • missed West Chester game with an injury • team went 7-4 under Keeler.

High School: Played wide receiver at Gainesville High School for head coach Ryan Smith • enjoyed outstanding two-year high school career before suffering a season-ending knee injury prior to his senior year • was receiving interest from several SEC schools • caught 15 passes for 413 yards and five touchdowns and ran for three others scores as a junior in 2008 • earned all-area honors as a junior • caught 12 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore in 2007 • two-year starter who led squad to record of 19-4 and two state playoff appearances • team went 9-2 in 2008 and 10-2 in 2009 • also competed in track and field.

Personal: Michael O'Shay Johnson • born Sept. 10, 1991 • son of Gwendolyn Johnson •  health sciences major at Delaware with a minor in leisure service management • enjoys basketball and playing cards during his spare time • has been active in youth camps.

Career Statistics at Delaware

Year GP/GS Rushing Att. Yards Avg. TD Long
2012 11/11 9 39 4.3 1 19
2011 10/0 4 24 0 0 14
Totals 21/11 13 63 4.8 1 19
Year GP/GS Receptions Yards Avg. TD Long
2012 11/11 41 441 10.8 4 27
2011 10/0 3 19 6.0 0 14
Totals 21/11 44 460 10.4 4 27

Career-High Receiving Yards: 88 vs. West Chester, 2012

Year GP/GS Kickoff Returns Yards Avg. TD Long
2012 11/11 23 593 25.8 1 94
2011 10/0 16 390 24.4 0 80
Totals 21/11 39 983 25.2 1 94
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