12 - Richard Johnson Position: Flanker
Class: r-Senior
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 194 lbs.
High School: Milford Mill Academy
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
photo         Brings plenty of potential to the receiver positions ... Was bitten by the injury bug once again in the spring, forcing him to sit out the session ... Is a quick, elusive runner who excels in the open field ... Adjusts to the ball and makes catches ... Will be counted on for senior leadership ... Has great hands and runs good routes ... An experienced player who the coaches are hoping will become more explosive this year ...

2003: Played in 10 games, starting three ... Finished fifth on the team in receptions with 13 ... Had 141 yards receiving and a touchdown ... Opened the season with four catches for 48 yards ... Had a 21-yard touchdown catch ... Led the team with three receptions for 13 yards in the rain and wind against Texas A&M ... Played 10 snaps on offense before sustaining a sprained MCL against UConn ... Missed the Rutgers and Syracuse games with the injury ... Returned for the West Virginia game, but didn't catch any passes ... Played 22 snaps on offense against Miami ... Did not play at Pittsburgh ... Saw extensive action at Temple, playing 17 snaps ... Caught three passes for 19 yards ... Caught a 6-yard pass against Boston College ... Played 19 snaps on offense at Virginia ... Caught two passes for 55 yards, including a 30-yard catch, in the bowl game against Cal ... Earned Iron Hokie honors during the off-season ... Turned in a personal-best 460-pound back squat ... Missed spring practice due to a strained quad muscle ...

2002: Saw action as a receiver, punt returner and kickoff returner during the season ... Caught 14 passes for 147 yards ... Also rushed three times for 22 yards ... Returned 23 kickoffs for an average of 21.1 yards per return with a long of 91 yards ... Returned 14 punts for an average of 7.1 yards per return ... Returned his lone kickoff against Arkansas State 33 yards to start the game ... Also played 11 offensive snaps ... Had a 14-yard punt return and a 20-yard kickoff return in the win over LSU ... Also played 24 offensive snaps ... Returned a kickoff 19 yards against Marshall ... Saw action on 30 offensive plays against the Herd ... Caught an 8-yard pass at Texas A&M ... Also had a 13-yard rush on a reverse in that game ... Made his first career start at Western Michigan ... Caught two passes for 26 yards in that game ... Started at Boston College, returning one punt and four kickoffs ... Also had a catch for 7 yards in that game ... Played 27 snaps on offense and returned three kicks against Rutgers ... Registered a career-high four catches against Temple for 40 yards ... Also rushed for nine yards on a reverse ... Played 25 snaps on offense and five on special teams against Pittsburgh ... Caught two passes for 10 yards at Syracuse ... Also saw action on 14 special teams plays ... Made the move to punt returner against West Virginia ... Returned his lone kick 20 yards ... Also had two receptions for 6 yards ... Came up with a big reception against Virginia, turning a short pass play into a 39-yard reception that set up the game-clinching touchdown ... Returned a kickoff 91 yards at Miami and had an 11-yard catch ... Missed the San Francisco Bowl due to a sprained ankle ... Posted a personal-best 340-pound bench press during the off-season ... Had three catches for 40 yards in one spring scrimmage and two for 35 yards in another ... Ran 20 yards on a reverse and caught two passes for 20 yards in a third spring scrimmage ... Hauled in three passes for 35 yards, ran 26 yards for a touchdown on a reverse and returned a punt 11 yards during the Maroon-White game ...

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 4 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.

2003 Receiving Game-by-Game
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