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7th Round Pick Brian Johnson

A converted outside linebacker, Brian Johnston continues to grow -- physically and in the eyes of NFL scouts. A product of the Garner-Webb weight room, where he has added more than 45 pounds of bulk since his freshman year, Johnston is regarded as the premier defensive prospect below the Bowl Subdivision ranks.

The San Diego native was the only Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) player on the Ted Hendricks Award list in 2007, which also includes FBS standouts such as George Selvie (South Florida), Chris Long (Virginia), Calais Campbell (Miami), Tyson Jackson (Louisiana State) and Lawrence Jackson (Southern California).

At Madison High School, Johnston earned first-team All-Harbor League honors as a defensive end during his senior season. A member of the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team and a High School Heisman nominee, he added All-League accolades as a junior on the defensive line. He finished his final season with 82 total tackles (30 solo), 10 sacks and 13 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also deflected six passes and caused four fumbles.

Johnston enrolled at Gardner-Webb in 2004, turning down offers to attend Colorado State and Arizona. As a true freshman, he started seven of nine games at strong-side linebacker, missing two games with a right hamstring strain. He finished with 58 tackles (24 solo), two sacks, five stops for losses and nine pressures. He caused three fumbles, recovered another and deflected two passes.

As a sophomore, Johnston shifted to right defensive end, picking up All-Big South Conference honors from the league's coaches and media. He tied for the conference lead with five sacks, adding 12 1/2 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 15 pressures. He produced 59 tackles (28 solo) while causing four fumbles and recovering another.

Johnston had a banner junior campaign in 2006, as he earned All-American second-team, All-Big South Conference first-team and Big South Defensive Player of the Year honors. The All-Central Region Defensive Player of the Year again led the league with eight sacks, the 11th-best season total in school history. He registered 77 tackles (35 solo) with 14 stops for losses and 23 pressures. He caused two fumbles and recovered another.

The Hendricks Award and Buchanan Award finalist continued to wreak havoc in the opposition's backfield as a senior. He recorded 74 tackles (34 solo) with six sacks and ranked third nationally with 24 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also deflected three passes, caused a fumble and experienced every defender's dream - playing on offense and catching a 3-yard TD pass.

In 42 games at Gardner-Webb, Johnson started 40 contests. He recorded 268 tackles (124 solo), 21 sacks for minus-140 yards and was credited with 69 quarterback pressures. He also produced 55 1/2 stops for losses of 257 yards, as he caused 10 fumbles and had three fumble recoveries. He deflected six passes, blocked a kick and scored on a 3-yard catch.

Career Notes Tied for fifth in school history (along with Bryan Allen, 1990-93) with 21 quarterback sacks, topped by Gabe Wilkins (29, 1990-1993), Jason Burns (27, 1988-1991), Darryl Perry (24, 1982-1985) and Tim Hardie (23, 1982-1985)...His 21 sacks are a Big South Conference all-time record, topping Adrain Grady of Coastal Carolina (19 for 126 yards, 2003-07)...His 55 1/2 tackles behind the line of scrimmage set the Gardner Webb all-time record, topping the previous mark of 53 by Gabe Wilkins...His 55 1/2 stops for losses also set the Big South record, surpassing the previous mark of 36 for losses totaling 149 yards by Maurice Simpkins of Coastal Carolina (2003-05)...His 24 stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2007 rank third on the school's single-season list, topped by Chris Mintz (28 in 1999) and Harold Wells (28 in 2004), as that total also ranks on the Big South docket just behind Wells' 2004 total...Registered eight sacks in 2006, tying Adrian Grady of Coastal Carolina (2003) and Kelvin McIver of Coastal Carolina (2004) for the Big South Conference season record...Set a school record with eight quarterback pressures vs. Austin Peay in 2007 and his 66 total pressures are a Gardner-Webb career-record.

High School Attended Madison (San Diego, Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Steve Minor...Earned first-team All-Harbor League honors as a defensive end during his senior campaign...A member of the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team and a High School Heisman nominee, he added All-League accolades as a junior on the defensive line...Finished his final season with 82 total tackles (30 solo), 10 sacks and 13 stops behind the line of scrimmage...Also deflected six passes and caused four fumbles.

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