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Stephen Johnson II is a Wildcat


Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw have their quarterback.  Stephen Johnson II is the 24th member of the Class of 2016.  The fifth-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation threw for 3,210 yards and 34 TDs last season, while using his 4.5 40-yard dash speed to get 429 yards and 8 TDs on the ground.  

With a true freshman, a walk-on and a redshirt sophomore, Johnson adds much-needed depth to the quarterback position.  He needs to add to his slender frame (6’3″ 195 lbs.), but there’s no doubt that he will compete with Drew Barker for the starting position this Spring.

A product of Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Johnson’s career began at Grambling State where he immediately won the starting job.  After injuries sidelined him, he transferred to College of Desert where he was once again an instant success, finishing the season as the Offensive Player of the Year in the Mountain America Conference and leading his team to a share of the league title, the first in a decade for COD.

Johnson’s coach, Jack Steptoe, spent the morning singing his praises to The Courier-Journal and Herald-Leader, calling Johnson a complete player with exceptional mechanics.

You’ve probably seen his Hudl highlight by now, so change it by watching this one from YouTube.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Stephen Johnson II is a Wildcat

  1. roundball fool
    5:10 pm January 16, 2016 Permalink

    We need this young man. A little competition will improve everyone’s game.

  2. ukkatzfan
    5:12 pm January 16, 2016 Permalink

    Welcome to Big Blue Stephen !!! Go grab you a bite to eat and someone will be with you to show you your new training facilities. Grab a playbook and it will give you some entertainment while you eat. #ALLIN

  3. WeareBBN
    6:13 pm January 16, 2016 Permalink

    Great to have him and was a huge need. Any chance he can play basketball this year?

  4. doubledribble
    8:37 pm January 16, 2016 Permalink

    Looks like he needs to bring some of those receivers with him!

    • kyjohn
      10:34 pm January 16, 2016 Permalink

      Those receivers looked better than any UK has.They can actually catch the ball.

  5. bigblueforever
    2:07 am January 17, 2016 Permalink

    He’ll sit bench behind Barker and transfer to UT Chatanooga….