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Player Bio: Jason Johnson :: Football

  Jason Johnson
Jason Johnson
Player Profile
RS Senior

Puyallup, Wash.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 215




Arizona: 3L... Enters the 2002 season as the Wildcats’ No. 1 quarterback... Started all 11 games in his first year under center in 2001... Named to the honorable mention All-Pac-10 team... Earned first-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors and was named to the Verizon District VIII All-Academic second team... Completed 169-of-298 passes for 2,347 yards and 19 touchdowns... Pass efficiency rating of 135.18 ranks as the seventh best in UA history... Completed 57 percent of his passes... Averaged 213.4 yards passing per game... Johnson’s 169 completions ranks fourth on the single-season top-10 list, and the 19 TD throws is one shy of the school record (No. 2)... Total passing yards ranks fourth on the UA’s single-season list... Had three 300-yard passing games, the only three such individual UA efforts in the last 52 games... Completed 18-of-29 passes for a career-high 315 yards and four touchdowns at California... Had a touchdown throw to Justin Levasseur (three yards) and three TD passes to Bobby Wade (50, 13 and 16 yards) in the Cal game... Completed 18-of-29 passes for 225 yards and had two touchdown tosses to Wade (19 yards) and Malosi Leonard (10 yards) at Arizona State... Also added a 6-yard touchdown run against the Sun Devils... Completed 14-of-28 passes for 260 yards and had a 43-yard touchdown pass to Clarence Farmer against Stanford... Completed 23-of-43 passes for 311 yards against USC and had a 9-yard touchdown run and a 24-yard TD pass to Brandon Marshall... Knocked out of the Washington game with a concussion in the first quarter after an impressive 7-of-10 start for 80 yards and two touchdown passes to Wade (four yards) and Andrae Thurman (12 yards)... Completed 7-of-18 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns to Marshall (44 yards) and Anthony Fulcher (eight yards) versus Oregon... Finished the Washington State game with 184 yards on 13-of-25 completions and had a 23-yard TD throw to Wade... Completed 18-of-30 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns to Wade (14 and 15 yards) and James Hugo (12 yards) in the UNLV game... Highlighted the Idaho game with a school and Pac-10 record 99-yard touchdown strike to Marshall... Also completed 20-of-30 passes for 304 yards and had a 19-yard touchdown toss to Thurman versus the Vandals... Opened the season with 21-of-32 completions for 176 yards and a 4-yard touchdown pass to Marshall at San Diego State... Closed spring drills with a clear grasp of Mackovic’s new offensive scheme... Completed 10-of-14 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown in the spring Red-Blue game... Johnson’s totals for three scrimmages during spring ball were 30-of-49 passes for 357 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions... Earned most of the duty during spring practice and separated himself from the other five quarterbacks after a month of practice sessions... Johnson had some game experience after two years as a backup to Keith Smith and Ortege Jenkins... Saw limited action in four games during the 2000 season, completing 3-of-6 passes for 23 yards... Earned most of the No. 2 work in practice behind Jenkins... Had a 12-yard completion to Andrae Thurman late in the Oregon State game... Had a pass efficiency rating of 82.20 and a 50.0 completion percentage... Completed 2-of-2 passes for 20 yards in the 2000 spring game... Progressed throughout the 1999 season to solidify his role as the No. 3 quarterback behind Smith and Jenkins... Played in four games for the Wildcats, finishing the season with 2-of-5 completions for 52 yards... Had a pass efficiency rating of 127.36 and a 40.0 completion percentage... Completed 3-of-4 passes for 41 yards, including an 18-yard strike to Eli Wnek for a touchdown, in the spring ’99 game... UA’s No. 3 quarterback, making the traveling squad throughout 1998... Did not play and retained a year of eligibility... UA put Johnson on its early wish list and earned a commitment from him in December 1997... The only quarterback signed by the Wildcats in 1998...

High School: Rogers High School, Puyallup, Wash., 1998... Three-year letterman for coach Steve Gervais, plus three letters in basketball... PrepStar All-America honors... Productive numbers as a drop-back passer, completing 166-of-288 for 2,433 yards and 26 touchdowns in ’97, with 12 interceptions... Rushed for six scores his senior year... As a junior he threw for 2,840 yards and 33 scores to lead state’s 3A Conference in passing... Rated by the National Recruiting Advisor among the top six quarterbacks in the West... Set a school record with 15 assists in a ’97 basketball game... First-team All-South Puget Sound League honors and SPSL Offensive Back of the Year... Team captain senior year... Second-team all-league point guard as a junior, setting league assist record... Averaged 10 points and seven assists in his senior year... Outstanding academic record... Pierce County Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year in ’97.... Academic top 10 school honoree... National Honor Society... Senior class vice president...