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#17 Michael Johnson
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210
Year: Senior
Hometown: Gainesville, Fla.
High School: Gainesville
Major: Health Behavior Science
Experience: 3 Letters
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Fourth-year senior and one of the nation's most explosive and dangerous all-purpose threats • Walter Payton Award candidate as the top offensive player in the nation • All-American candidate who was named to the CFPA Watch List as one of the top receivers in the country • has put up huge numbers throughout his career, not only as a receiver but as a runner and kick returner, and could leave Delaware holding several school records • has appeared in 33 career games with 23 starts and caught 104 passes for 1,495 yards (14.3 avg.) and 13 touchdowns • has also carried 26 times for 222 yards (8.5 avg.) and three touchdowns and returned 68 kickoffs for 1,589 yards (23.3 avg.) and one touchdown • has five career 100-yard receiving games • ranks No. 16 all-time at Delaware with 104 receptions (needs 25 to crack Top 10), No. 14 with 1,495 yards (needs 277 to crack Top 10 and 505 yards to become eighth UD player with 2,000), and No. 10 with 13 receiving touchdowns • enters 2014 season having caught at least one pass in 23 straight games • 68 career kickoff returns ranks No. 3 all-time at Delaware (needs four to tie UD record of 72 by All-American Eddie Conti in 1994-98) • 1,589 career kickoff returns yards ranks No. 2 at Delaware (needs 94 yards to tie UD mark of 1,683 by Rashaad Woodard in 2003-06) • 23.3-yard kickoff return average for career ranks No. 9 at Delaware • ranks No. 14 at Delaware in career all-purpose yards (3,306) • has averaged 16.6 yards every time he touches the ball in his career (No. 2 all-time at Delaware - record is 17.1 by Conti in 1994-98) • has had eight career plays go for 50 yards or more • 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 • also has seven career tackles on special teams.

Continued to be one of the nation's most dominant triple threats as a junior • game-breaker who piled up a team-high 1,800 all-purpose yards and scored 11 touchdowns on the season as a starter in all 12 games at wide receiver • earned second team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors at wide receiver in a league stacked with outstanding wideouts • also named the team's UD Alumni Association Team Most Valuable Player in a vote by teammates • led team in receiving as he caught 60 passes for 1,035 yards (17.2 avg.) and nine touchdowns • 60 receptions was the seventh best single season mark in UD history with his 1,035 yards ranking sixth and his 86.2 yards per game ranking fourth • ranked No. 3 in the CAA and No. 24 in the nation in receiving yards (86.2 per game) and was No. 7 in receptions (5.0 per game) • nine receiving touchdowns led all CAA receivers and ranked No. 25 in the NCAA • 17.2-yard per reception average ranked No. 2 among regulars in the CAA • returned 29 kickoffs for 606 yards and a 20.9 average • ranked No. 7 in the CAA in kick return average • also carried the ball 13 times and gained 159 yards (12.2) with two touchdowns • averaged 17.6 yards every time he touched the ball and had five plays go for 55 yards or more • ranked No. 2 in the CAA and No. 13 in the nation in all-purpose yards (150.0 per game) • his 1,800 all-purpose yards were the fifth highest in UD history • had five 100+ receiving yardage games on the season led by a career-high 168 yards on six catches with a career-high three touchdowns vs. Wagner • three touchdown receptions were the most by a UD player since 1995 • earned Colonial Athletic Association and Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week honors vs. Wagner • also earned BHTD Offensive Player of the Week Award vs. Richmond and Villanova • had career-high eight receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns vs. Villanova; four catches for 132 yards and a touchdown vs. Richmond (33.0 avg. ranks No. 6 all-time at UD); seven catches for 104 yards vs. Jacksonville; and four receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown against Delaware State • 80-yard touchdown reception from Trent Hurley vs. Richmond was Delaware's longest play from scrimmage all season • also scored touchdowns through the air vs. Maine and Towson • became first receiver in UD history to rush for over 100 yards in a game with 123 yards on three carries (41.0 avg.) and a touchdown vs. Rhode Island • 78-yard touchdown rush vs. URI was the longest ever by a UD receiver • also scored a rushing touchdown vs. Jacksonville • one of the CAA's most dangerous kick returners • averaged 29.0 yards on four returns vs. Towson and 22.8 yards on five returns against Navy.

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 as 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 yards 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 • switched number from 29 to 17 in the spring.

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 Travis 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.

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.

Michael Oshay Johnson • born Sept. 10, 1991 • son of Gwendolyn Fairley • has a daughter, Mikhia Johnson, and a son, Michael Johnson, Jr. • health behavior science major at Delaware with a minor in coaching and public health • enjoys basketball and playing cards during his spare time • has been active as a counselor in youth camps throughout his career.


Year G/S Rec. Yards
TD Long Rec.
2013 12/12 60 1,035
9 80
2012 11/11 41 441 10.8 4 27
2011 10/0 3 19 6 0 14
TOTALS 33/23 104 1,495
13 80


Year G/S Rush Att Yards
TD Long
2013 12/12 13 159
2 78
2012 11/11 9 39 4.3 1 19
2011 10/0 4 24 6 0 14
TOTALS 33/23 26 222
3 78

Year G/S Kickoff Returns Yards Avg.
2013 12/12 29 606 20.9
2012 11/11 23 593 25.8 1 94
2011 10/0 16 390 24.4 0 80
TOTALS 33/23 68 1,589 23.3
Year G/S Tackles (Solo)
2013 12/12 1 (1) 0/0
2012 11/11 5 (5) 0/0 0/0 0/0
2011 10/0 1 (1) 0/0 1/0 0/0
TOTALS 33/23 7 (7)

Receptions: 7 vs. Jacksonville, 2013

Receiving Yards: 168 yards vs. Wagner, 2013
Receiving Touchdowns: 3 vs. Wagner, 2013
Rushing Yards: 123 vs. Rhode Island, 2013

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