Vernon Johnson
Johnson (6) playing for A&M–Commerce in 2014.
No. 89     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-04-17) April 17, 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth: San Diego, California
Career information
College: Midwestern State
Southwestern College
Texas A&M–Commerce
Undrafted in 2015
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2015)*
Roster status: Active
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
*AFCA NCAA Division II All–American (2014)[1]
  • LSC Wide Receiver of the Year (2013, 2014)
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Vernon Johnson (born April 17,c 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the BC Lions in the CFL. He played college football at Midwestern State University, Southwestern College, and Texas A&M University–Commerce.

High school career[edit | edit source]

Johnson attended Brewer High School in Fort Worth. During his senior season in 2009, he had 76 receptions for 1,006 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also lettered in basketball as well as track & field.[2]

College career[edit | edit source]

Johnson began his college career at Midwestern State University; he redshirted in 2010 and caught 6 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown as a reserve receiver in 2011.

In 2012, he transferred to Southwestern College, where he caught 49 passes for 1,082 yards and 15 touchdowns.[3]

During his first season at Texas A&M University–Commerce in 2013, he set school records in receptions (70), receiving yards (1,350), and receiving touchdowns (13), although his touchdown reception record was broken by his teammate Ricky Collins during the next season. He also added 496 kick return yards and led the conference in all purpose yards per game with an average of 183.8. In addition, he won the Lone Star Conference (LSC) wide receiver of the year award.[4]

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Johnson (6) in action against Angelo State in 2014.

In 2014, Johnson totaled 77 receptions for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns, thus breaking his reception record from the previous season; he also tallied 304 kick return yards. He helped lead a conference championship-winning A&M–Commerce team that led the nation in both average points per game (54.1) and average yards per game (535.4).[5] The team also opened the season with a record-breaking performance against East Texas Baptist in which it scored 98 points, amassing 986 total yards of offense and 13 touchdowns.[6] This performance helped Johnson earn his second LSC wide receiver of the year honor,[7] while also being named an AFCA first team All-American.[5]

After his college career Johnson was selected to compete in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.[8] Draft analysts projected him to be drafted in the 5th or 6th round of the NFL Draft, and he drew comparisons to Bruce Ellington. NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein described Johnson as a "creative, instinctive receiver who has the feet and hips to make defenders miss and the acceleration to hit the big play either after the catch or down the field."[9]

NCAA stats[edit | edit source]

Receiving Kick Returns
Year Team G Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD
2010 Midwestern State
2011 Midwestern State 8 6 146 24.3 99 1 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Southwestern College
Played at Junior College
2013 Texas A&M–Commerce 11 70 1350 19.3 88 13 15 496 33.1 81 0
2014 Texas A&M–Commerce 12 77 1258 16.3 71 12 14 304 21.7 64 0
Totals: 31 153 2754 18.0 99 26 29 800 27.6 81 0


Professional career[edit | edit source]

Detroit Lions[edit | edit source]

After going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, Johnson signed with the Detroit Lions as a free agent.[12] He was cut from the team on August 31, 2015.[13]

Wiesbaden Phantoms[edit | edit source]

Johnson played with the Wiesbaden Phantoms of the German Football League during 2016 season.

Ottawa Redblacks[edit | edit source]

Johnson signed with the Ottawa Redblacks on June 7th, 2017.[14] He was cut from the team on June 18th, 2017.[15]

BC Lions[edit | edit source]

Johnson signed with the BC Lions on May 9th, 2018.[16]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Johnson named All–American
  2. "Vernon Johnson – 2011 Football".
  3. "CCCAA".
  5. 5.0 5.1 "A&M-Commerce’s Johnson Named AFCA All-American".
  6. "Lions Open Season in Record-Breaking Fashion Thursday".
  7. "Six Lions Earn First Team, Twenty-Six Total Honored by the Lone Star Conference".
  8. "Johnson, Bergeron Will Represent A&M-Commerce in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl".
  9. "2015 NFL Draft Profile: Vernon Johnson".
  10. "Vernon Johnson – 2014 Football".
  11. "Vernon Johnson – 2011 Football".
  12. "Detroit Lions: UDFA Spotlight (Wide Receiver, Vernon Johnson)".
  13. "NFL roster cuts 2015: Lions cut nine players, one to IR".
  14. "Vernon Johnson - Ottawa REDBLACKS" (in en-US).
  15. MEDIA, SUN. "Released Redblacks feel the real sting | Football | Sports | Ottawa Sun".
  16. "Lions Add Kevin Elliott, Four Other International Receivers - BC Lions" (in en-US). BC Lions. 2018-05-09.

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