July 12, 2013
This is part of a series spotlighting the players attending C-USA Football Media Day, July 24 in Dallas. Interviews from the event will be streamed live on ConferenceUSA.com.
Florida Atlantic joins Conference USA this fall looking to make an impact its first year in the league. The Owls will be helped by eight returning starters on defense, along with 2011 starter Randell Johnson, who was banged up last season. The senior linebacker hopes to put up big defensive numbers like he did two seasons ago for head coach Carl Pelini's defense.
15 RANDELL JOHNSON, FLORIDA ATLANTIC
(Miami, Fla./North Miami Senior)
2012: Slowed in camp and struggled to gain ground once the team began games...saw action in 10 games...recorded five tackles in the season opener with 1.5 for a loss of 10 yards, including a sack for a loss of nine...set season high six tackle at Middle Tennessee...had a total of three tackles for a loss, including two sacks...continues to climb the FAU all-time tackles for a loss and sacks lists...recorded quarterback hurries in the first two games of the season...put together a strong spring season.
2011: Played and started in every game...finished the season second on the team with 92 tackles and first on the squad with 14.5 tackles for a loss of 21 yards, five were sacks for a loss of 31 yards...recorded double-digit tackles in five games including a season high and career high 11 solo tackles at North Texas...set career high in total tackles versus ULM with 15 (6-9)...opened his sophomore campaign with five tackles, including one for a loss of 1, at Florida...first double-digit tackle game of the season came at Auburn...tallied eight solo and two assists in the FAU season and stadium opener versus Western Kentucky...ended the year with 10 in the UAB victory and 15, including a season-high nine assists versus ULM...set season-high tackles for a loss with 3.5 for a loss of seven yards versus ULM...previous marks were three at Auburn (13 yards) and at North Texas (11)...recorded a tackle for a loss of yards in seven of the 12 games played...recorded two sacks versus Arkansas State and one sack against North Texas, UAB and ULM...credited with a forced fumble at Michigan State, Louisiana FIU and UAB...tallied three broken passes on the year...earned a share in the defensive game ball following the UAB game.
2010: Following a preseason ankle injury that kept him sidelined for game one, his first collegiate action was at Michigan State, an FAU home game at Ford Field, where he recorded the game's first three tackles...ended the day with a three solo, three assist and a quarterback hurry...the following game he posted 1.5 tackles for a loss of two yards...game three was at USF where he added his first career sack, a loss of nine yards...game four for the redshirt freshman he broke up a pass attempt...Arkansas State was his first double-digit tackle game with 10, versus FIU he recorded a team high 13 tackles, including a career-high 11 assists...was held to four tackles at Western Kentucky...season ended versus Louisiana when a early game special teams tackle resulted in three broken back bones.
2009: Used the year as a redshirt.
High School: Played for Horane Allison at North Miami Senior High School where he recorded 99 tackles, including seven sacks and two interceptions...on the offensive side of the ball credited with 11 receptions for 117 yards...earned all-Dade honorable mention honors and played in the North vs. South All-Star Game as well as the Dade All-Star Game...two-sport athlete (football and basketball).
Personal: Arts and humanities major with a minor in sociology...son of Sherry and Randy Johnson...Grandparents are Paul Black and Rosa Cleaton...two brothers: Leverick and Santana Johnson...sister Kayala Johnson also credits Aunt Katina Johnson, Barbara Johnson, Kinnik Jackson and Tamice Kelsey, cousins Alexus Hall, Gregory Fisher Cory and Diamona Davis, Kenneth Vincent, Terrika and Terry Jackson and great grandfather Joe Young for being instrumental in his life...born in Miami, Fla.