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Austin Johnson
Austin  Johnson


Galloway, N.J.

High School:
St. Augustine Prep

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 323



H.S. Coach:
Dennis Scuderi



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  • Johnson and Anthony Zettel form one of the top defensive tackle duos in college football and will be among the Nittany Lions’ top candidates for All-Big Ten and All-America honors.
  • The Galloway, N.J., native nearly doubled his output from 2013 to 2014, securing 47 tackles and six TFL during his sophomore campaign. His freshman season featured 27 stops and three TFL.
  • One of the most athletic members of the squad, Johnson’s 6-4, 325-pound frame is complemented by his precise footwork and evolving technique.
  • Johnson is among the Nittany Lions that are on schedule to graduate in December, looking to earn his degree in journalism in just 3.5 years.
  • He is one of 14 returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey.

    ➤ 2014 ➤ Sophomore Season
    Awards: Named honorable-mention All-Big Ten by the conference media. Season: Starter in all 13 games and now has 15 career starts…Finished fifth on the team with 49 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss (minus-18) and led the team with two fumble recoveries…Added three pass breakups…Tied for seventh in the Big Ten and 43rd nationally in fumble recoveries. UCF (8/30): Opened the season with three tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in the Croke Park Classic against UCF in Dublin, Ireland…Helped hold UCF to just 24 rushing yards on 29 attempts…Was a part of the goal line stand that held the Knights off the scoreboard on their second drive of the game. Akron (9/6): Had four tackles with 0.5 TFL…Helped hold the Zips to just 69 rushing yards, giving Penn State consecutive games allowing less than 70 rushing yards for the first time since 2009. At Rutgers (9/13): Made one stop…Part of a defensive effort that held the Scarlet Knights to no points, three first downs and 95 yards in the second half. UMass (9/20): Made two stops, including one for a loss…Had one pass breakup…Recovered his second career fumble and returned it 7 yards to set up a scoring drive that started in the UMass red zone…Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Minutemen to just 3 yards rushing, the lowest total allowed by Penn State since 2007 against Notre Dame (zero rushing yards). Northwestern (9/27): Totaled five tackles, including a 0.5 TFL…Recorded one pass breakup. At Michigan (10/11): Added two stops. Ohio State (10/25): Contributed four tackles…Was a part of a unit that held the Buckeyes to 17 points and 256 yards in regulation. Maryland (11/1): Logged six tackles…Posted a 10-yard sack…Was instrumental in limiting the Terrapins to 194 yards of total offense, the fewest total yards allowed against a Big Ten opponent since Minnesota (138, 2009). At Indiana (11/8): Contributed six tackles…Helped boost a defense that held the then-nation’s leading rusher, Tevin Coleman, to just 71 yards…Helped the Nittany Lions shut out the Indiana offense, as the Hoosiers scored their fewest points at home since 2006, via a defensive touchdown. Temple (11/15): Registered four tackles, including one TFL…Added one fumble recovery and one pass breakup…Helped limit Temple to just 61 rushing yards and eight first downs, the fewest for a Penn State opponent since Indiana State had eight in 2011…Was selected the coaches’ Defensive Player of the Week. At Illinois (11/22): Recorded five tackles…Added one quarterback hurry…Helped limit the Illini to 68 rushing yards and two-of-16 on third down conversions. Michigan State (11/29): Anchored a defensive front that held Michigan State to 298 total yards, marking the only time in 2014 the Spartans were limited to less than 300 yards of total offense. Boston College (12/27): Made a career-best seven tackles (four solo) in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium…Also had one TFL.

    ➤ 2013 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
    Appeared in all 12 games with two starts…Made his first career start against Kent State…Recorded 27 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, one sack and a fumble recovery. Syracuse (8/31): Made his collegiate debut with one tackle in the neutral site contest at MetLife Stadium. Eastern Michigan (9/7): Logged a season-high six stops…Posted his first career TFL and sack, a combined sack with DaQuan Jones in the third quarter. Kent State (9/14): Made his first career start. UCF (9/14): Contributed three stops (two solo). At Indiana (10/5): Opened Big Ten play with three stops. Michigan (10/12): Made two hits, including 1.0 TFL, in the four-overtime win. Illinois (11/2): Made his second career start…Tallied two solo tackles. At Minnesota (11/9): Posted three solo stops…Logged 1.0 tackle for loss. Purdue (11/16): Registered two tackles…Added 0.5 sack…Recovered his first career fumble to set up a third-quarter touchdown run by Zach Zwinak. At Wisconsin (11/30): Made four tackles (three solo)…Added one quarterback hurry.

    ➤ 2012 ➤ True Freshman Season
    Redshirt season.

    ➤ High School
    A three-year letterman for head coach Dennis Scuderi at St. Augustine Prep…Named all-state, All-Cape-Atlantic League and All-South Jersey during his senior season…Helped the Hermits to the Cape-Atlantic League title during his final prep season…Was selected a team captain his junior and senior seasons…Earned second-team All-Cape-Atlantic League and second-team All-South Jersey as a junior…Invited to participate in the Chesapeake Bowl, All-Cape-Atlantic League All-Star Game and the New Jersey North-South Game…Ranked among the nation’s top 25 prep defensive tackles by…Also an all-state performer in basketball…Named Cape-Atlantic Basketball Player of the Year as a senior…Guided the Hermits to the NJSIAA Non-Public Group A State Championship during his junior season.

    ➤ Personal
    Full name is Austin Hunter Johnson…Son of Austin and Tammy Johnson…Has two older sisters, Brandi and Erika, and one younger sister, Kennedy...Sister, Kennedy, is a sophomore forward on the Michigan State women’s basketball team…Enjoys playing video games and lifting weights…Majoring in journalism…Born May 8, 1994 in Galloway, N.J.

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