Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ex-KU LB Johnson gets NFL combine invite

Kansas linebacker Steven Johnson catches up with Iowa State quarterback Jared Barnett after a long run in the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas linebacker Steven Johnson catches up with Iowa State quarterback Jared Barnett after a long run in the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.


The Kansas Jayhawks are back in the NFL combine.

After a one-year hiatus, the Kansas University football program once again will be represented at this year’s combine in Indianapolis, as linebacker Steven Johnson recently received an invitation to attend the world’s most publicized job interview for college football players eyeing the jump to the NFL.

The former walk-on, who eventually earned a scholarship and finished his career by leading Kansas in tackles during both his junior and senior seasons, likely solidified his invitation with a strong showing in this year’s East-West Shrine Game in January. During the game in St. Petersburg, Fla., Johnson recorded five tackles for the victorious West squad.

As a senior at KU, the Media, Pa., native led the Big 12 Conference in tackles (93) and finished the season ranked 16th in the nation with 124. Johnson, who earned both second team and third team all-league honors following KU’s 2-10 season, also finished in the top 25 nationally in solo tackles with 66.

The last time a Jayhawk participated in the NFL combine was in February of 2010, when former KU stars Dezmon Briscoe, Kerry Meier and Darrell Stuckey all ran through the four-day event that measures everything from size and speed to intelligence and intangibles. All three were drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, and Johnson, who has spent the past few weeks training in Arizona, hopes to join them.

This year’s combine, which will feature more than 300 NFL hopefuls, will run from Feb. 22-28. Johnson will attend from Feb. 24-27, with his skills testing scheduled for the final day.

The 2012 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 26-28.


JHWKDW 2 years, 1 month ago

Steven Johnson nothing would be finer than seeing you as a Forty-Niner!


KGphoto 2 years, 2 months ago

I'd put him right there with Mort and Rivera. Hoping determination at the combine boosts his stock enough for somebody to take a chance. He's probably gonna have to run a personal best 40 and do well on the test. His work ethic will certainly help.

Like always, I'd love to see the Chiefs take a shot on him. At least pick him up as a free agent if he doesn't get drafted. I don't think we've had a KU Chief since Terry back in the nineties.


JayhawkinNE 2 years, 2 months ago

Great read on Stowers at I didn't realize he had such a tough life.


Jason Keller 2 years, 2 months ago

I really hope Steven can make a team and hang around for a few years. He's a good kid and he deserves it.


Jayhawker111 2 years, 2 months ago

Great story -

Walk-on earns scholarship and then leads the team in tackles for 2 years.

That is why you never stop dreaming as a player.

All you need is an opportunity.

This player took advantage of his opportunity.



Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Any word on place kicker? Mueller didn't seem to cut it. Would love another Scott Webb.


ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 2 months ago

SJ loved Gill which makes him the enemy!

You guys are giving credit to a guy that racked up numbers because the defense he was leading was so weak and couldn't stop anyone to get off the field. This article should mention most of his tackles were against the other teams second and third strings. Heck, I even think Boone P. took a couple of snaps in Stillwater.


FSUJHAWK 2 years, 2 months ago

Love this guy both on and off the field. He will make it happen! RCJHGKU!!!


Ben Kane 2 years, 2 months ago

are you really already an ex-jayhawk if you're still in school? when you graduate, are you ever an ex-jayhawk?

what's the word on schedules being released and wvu's status?


2 years, 2 months ago

Regardless of our record or how bad our team was the past couple years, he brought it every single play he was in the game. Best of luck to Mr. Johnson.


Michael Pannacciulli 2 years, 2 months ago

Kill it SJ.

Any updates on recruits? So quiet lately. I guess we won't hear much until Spring...


s6u6r6f 2 years, 2 months ago

Good on ya, Steven Johnson. Good on ya.

Rock chalk.


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