12 - Richard Johnson Position: Flanker
    Class: r-Sophomore
    Height: 5-10
    Weight: 191
    High School: Hillford Mill Academy
    Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
    photo         Has the potential to be a big-play man for the Hokies ... Will battle for playing time at the flanker position ... Seemed poised for a good season in 2001 but was slowed by a nagging hamstring injury for most of the year ... Only played seven offensive snaps over the Hokies' last eight regular-season games ... Showed off some of his ability in the 2002 Gator Bowl when he set a Tech bowl record for kickoff return yards with 118 ... Closed out the spring with his five best practices ... An exceptionally quick and elusive runner who excels in the open field ... Makes catches and adjusts to the ball extremely well ... Possesses a good knowledge of the game thanks to his experience as a high school QB ... Has worked hard to make the transition ... Should get better and better as he gets some experience ... Can have an impact if he stays healthy and makes a good summer preparation ...

    2001: Caught four passes for 34 yards on the season ... Rushed twice for seven yards and averaged 22.2 yards per kickoff return ... Opened the season with two receptions for 29 yards against Connecticut ... Averaged 24.5 yards on two kickoff returns in that game ... Returned a kickoff 26 yards against Western Michigan ... Had a catch for four yards against Rutgers ... Averaged 23 yards on three returns against UCF ... Did not dress for the West Virginia and Boston College games due to a hamstring injury ... Played in Tech's jayvee game against Hargrave ... Came in at quarterback in that game with Tech down 15-2 and led the team to a 19-15 win ... Threw a 36-yard touchdown pass, caught a pass and rushed four times ... Registered three solo tackles and two tackles for loss as a cornerback in that jayvee game ... Returned to varsity action against Syracuse ... Had a 9-yard rush on a reverse in that game ... Returned three kickoffs for 50 yards with a long of 21 yards at Pittsburgh ... Caught one pass and had a 40-yard kickoff return against top-ranked Miami ... Set a Tech bowl record when he had 118 yards on five kickoff returns against Florida State in the Gator Bowl ... Caught three passes for 69 yards and a touchdown during one of the Hokies' spring scrimmages ... Blocked a punt in another scrimmage ... Hauled in a 10-yard pass during the Maroon-White game ...

    2000: Worked at the flanker position during the fall while redshirting ... Improved in seven categories from fall athletic performance testing to spring testing ... Added over 15 pounds to his frame during that span ... Turned in a 450-pound back squat and a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump ... Averaged 4.37 seconds over one group of three 40-yard dashes during Tech's pro timing day ... Caught an 89-yard touchdown pass in Tech's first scrimmage of the spring ... Had five catches for 31 yards in another outing ... Led all receivers in the Maroon-White game with six catches for 49 yards ...

    High School: A prep All-American who was listed the No. 5 wide receiver and the No. 28 overall prospect in the nation by SuperPrep ... Saw action at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, free safety, strong safety and cornerback for Coach Reggie Brooks during his varsity career at Milford Mill ... Also returned kicks ... Accumulated nearly 6,000 yards of total offense during his career, passing for 3,343 yards and rushing for 2,430 yards ... Threw for 1,109 yards and 18 touchdowns as a quarterback his senior year ... Added 1,138 yards and 10 TDs on the ground ... Returned three kickoffs for touchdowns ... Posted three interceptions ... Finished with 41 career passing touchdowns and 28 rushing TDs ... Named to The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro team ... A consensus all-state selection as a junior and senior ... Earned SuperPrep and PrepStar All-America honors ... Ranked No. 77 on the National Recruiting Center's list of Top 100 Players ... Rated the Mid-Atlantic Defensive Player of the Year by SuperPrep ... An honorable mention All-USA pick by USA Today ... Listed as the No. 1 player in Maryland and No. 2 player in the Mid-Atlantic Region by SuperPrep ... Picked the No. 4 receiver in the Atlantic Region by PrepStar ... Named the No. 25 safety in the nation by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... Averaged nearly 10 points a game as the starting point guard on the basketball team ...

    Personal: Richard M. Johnson ... Born 6/17/82 in Baltimore, MD ... Son of Betty and Rodney Swayne ... Enrolled in physical education.

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