A talented young linebacker who plays the game at full speed … Started the first eight games of the season at mike linebacker … Has shown flashes of his ability and toughness but is still developing consistency and adjusting to the system … Served in a backup role over the last four games but still ranks as one of the Hokies’ leading tacklers.
2009: His 55 tackles ranked sixth on the team … Had 4.5 tackles for loss, including two sacks … Also had broken up three passes … Started at the backer position and led the team with 13 tackles against Alabama … Had one tackle behind the line and broke up a pass … Collected seven tackles in the Marshall game … Was in on four tackles during the win over Nebraska … Has a tackle for loss and eight total tackles in the Miami game … Also had eight stops against Duke … Added two tackles against BC and broke up a pass … Played 37 snaps at Georgia Tech with four tackles … Collected two tackles and broke up a pass in 16 plays against UNC … Did not see action at ECU … Came off the bench and posted the first two quarterback sacks of his career at Maryland … Led the team with seven tackles … Worked a series at linebacker against NC State and Virginia.
2008: Played in 11 games, spending time with three different special team units … Saw his first collegiate action on special teams with one play against ECU … Picked up four more plays against Furman and two at UNC … Posted a tackle as a starter on the kickoff team at Nebraska … Was in on 11 special team plays against WKU … Graded 90 percent on two special team units during the FSU game … Saw action on the punt return/block team during the ACC Championship game against Boston College … Excelled during the off-season program, earning Super Iron Hokie honors … His 351-pound clean was the third-best on the team … Topped the linebackers with a 400-pound bench press and a 560-pound back squat … Moved to the backer position for spring practice … Registered five tackles in one spring scrimmage and four in another … Had a tackle for loss among his four hits in the Maroon-White game.
High School: Ranked the No. 24 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times for Coach Chad Lewis … Played for Coach Roger Pierce his first two seasons … Ranked the No. 37 strongside linebacker in the country and the No. 27 player in the state of Virginia bySuperPrep … Ranked the No. 52 outside linebacker in the country by rivals.com … Ranked the No. 23 player in the Commonwealth by scout.com …Rated the No. 25 prospect in Virginia by SuperPrep … A second-team All-Met choice at linebacker by The Washington Post… Played fullback and linebacker … Suffered a collarbone injury before the season but still finished with close to 120 tackles and 20 TFL as a senior … As a junior, rushed for 369 yards on 53 carries and scored three touchdowns … An all-district performer at linebacker as a junior … Had 125 tackles, including 27 for loss and nine sacks, as a junior.
Personal: Jacob Jarosz Johnson … Born 7/29/90 in Fairfax, VA … Son of Tom and Debbie Johnson … Studying business.