2009 HIGHLIGHTS: First-year player was waived on Sept. 5, and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 6 … Saw action in all four preseason games, rushing for 102 yards on 23 attempts.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2008 - Signed May 2 with Bengals as college free agent, and played in all four preseason games, rushing 21-for-94 (4.5) and adding two receptions for 10 yards ... Waived Aug. 30, and signed Aug. 31 to Bengals practice squad ... Signed to 53-player roster Dec. 5, and played in Games 13-16 ... Made NFL debut Dec. 7 at Indianapolis, with three rushes for four yards ... On Dec. 21 at Cleveland, kept the game’s only offensive TD drive alive with third-down conversions on a 15-yard reception and a 12-yard rush ... Led team at Cleveland with three receptions (for 27 yards) and was three-for-10 rushing ... On Dec. 28 vs. Kansas City, was three-for-15 rushing and three-for-20 receiving.
COLLEGE: Shredded K-State's Big 12 schedule for 1164 rushing yards as a senior last season, averaging 6.4 yards per carry with 12 rushing TDs ... Ranked third in Big 12 in rushing yards per game (92.2) and had three runs of 65 or more yards (all for TDs) ... Earned second-team all-conference honors from Associated Press ... Rushed for 172 yards against Missouri as a senior, and had games of 159 yards vs. Colorado and 129 yards at Nebraska ... Rushed for 77 yards and a TD vs. Texas and added an 85-yard KOR for a TD vs. Longhorns ... Rushed 98-for-428 (4.1 avg.) as a junior in 2006, playing 10 games with five starts ... Finished second on team in rushing as a junior and had a 127-yard game against Missouri ... Prolific runner in 2004-05 at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, totaling 2384 rushing yards and 36 TDs ... Averaged 8.1 yards per carry as a freshman at Blinn (1232 total) and led the nation with 21 TDs.
PERSONAL: Born in Baton Rouge, La., but hometown is Port Arthur, Texas … Attended Jefferson and Memorial high schools in Port Arthur, and was a two-time Class 4A all-state honorable mention performer.
*NOTE: Johnson did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2008 because he was not on an NFL 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games. He is designated a first-year player in 2009.
Head Coach Marvin Lewis addresses the team after their 27-10 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Game balls were given to Bill Connelly, Bengals Business Manager, who has been with the club for 41 years, and Jack Brennan, the club's PR Director for the past 23 years. Both will be celebrating retirement this offseason.