By Gary Lambrecht
The Mids closed out the year with a 17-10 win over Army and a Poinsettia Bowl victory.
Austin Grebe kicked a 24-yard field goal with 1 minute, 27 seconds left and Navy beat San Diego State.
The Mids have won a series-record 12 consecutive games against the Black Knights.
14 going Marine Corps, 12 Navy
Army vs. Navy FB 12-13-14
Navy vs. Western Kentucky FB 9-27-14
Navy vs. Rutgers FB 9-20-14
Navy at Temple 9-6-14
Army vs. Navy Football 2013
At Navy: Enters the fall as the starter at striker (outside linebacker) after starting all 13 games there last year ... had a standout junior campaign after missing all of his sophomore year with a torn ACL ... outstanding athlete and is one of Navy's smarter football players ... has earned one varsity letter.
2013: A starter in all 13 games, he was an Honorable Mention FBS All-Independent selection ... Navy's third-leading tackler with 84 tackles, including three for a loss ... along with Brendon Clements and Parrish Gaines, led the team with three interceptions ... also broke up three passes and recovered a team-high two fumbles ... member of the Mids' defensive unit that held eight of its 13 opponents under their scoring average this season, including Middle Tennessee who managed just two field goals in the 24-6 loss to the Mids ... the six points were the fewest allowed among the bowl games this season and Navy's defense was the only unit in the country to not allow a touchdown in the postseason this year ... Navy was also the only team in the country who did not give up a pass of 50 yards or more over the course of the season ... helped hold Middle Tennessee to a season-low six points en route to winning the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl ... it was the first time since the 2012 loss to San Jose State (12-0) that Navy's defense has not surrendered a touchdown (offense or defense) ... it is also the fewest points a Navy opponent has scored since the Mids defeated VMI, 41-3, in 2012 ... the defense held Middle Tennessee to 91 yards on the ground, the fewest by an opponent since Central Michigan rushed for 70 yards in 2012 ... the Blue Raiders came into the game averaging 208.3 yards rushing ... posted six tackles against Middle Tennessee ... Navy's defense held Army, ranked No. 2 in the country in rushing (323.6), to a season-low 157 yards ... Navy was the only team to hold the Black Knights under 200 yards rushing this season ... the Mids held Army to a season-low seven points ... it's the fewest points scored by the Black Knights against the Mids since 2009 when Navy posted a 17-3 win in Philly ... produced seven tackles, including a half a tackle for a loss, in Navy's 34-7 win over Army ... recovered an A.J. Schurr fumble at the Navy 38 (4:11, 1Qtr) that was forced by Navy CB Brendon Clements in what was the game's first turnover ... it was Johnson's second fumble recovery of the season, as well as in his career ... turned in five tackles in the triple OT win over San Jose State ... Navy's defensive unit held South Alabama to a season-low 14 points, 15 points under the Jags' average ... the Mids held South Alabama off the scoreboard for the 39 minutes of the contest as Navy scored the final 32 points of the game ... the Jags averaged just 3.3 yards per rush and 5.0 yards per passing attempts which were season lows for a Navy opponent this season, as was their 300 yards of total offense ... along with Cody Peterson, led the Mids with eight tackles and a pass breakup in the win over South Alabama ... finished with nine tackles, including seven solo stops against Hawai'i ... pitched in a tackle at Notre Dame ... recorded five tackles, including a half a tackle for loss in the win over Pitt ... came up with a huge fumble recovery, the first of his career, that set up a Navy touchdown on the next play ... produced his first collegiate double digit tackle game with 10 against Toledo, including a tackle for loss ... turned in seven tackles at Duke and broke up a pass ... part of a defense that held Air Force scoreless in the second half and to a season-low 10 points, while holding the Falcons to 231 yards on the ground, better than 60 yards under their average ... posted a then career-high tying eight tackles against Air Force, including his first career tackle for a loss of two yards ... intercepted two Air Force passes, becoming the first Navy player to pick off two passes in the same game since Wyatt Middleton intercepted two passes against Temple on Oct. 31, 2009 ... he is one of 39 players this season to record two interceptions in a game ... registered a team-high tying eight tackles against Western Kentucky ... turned in five tackles and broke up a pass in the Mids' win over Delaware ... earned the start at the striker position against Indiana in what was his first collegiate game ... produced five tackles and came up with an interception at the Navy three-yard line to open the second quarter and returned it 27 yards.
2012: Suffered a season-ending ACL injury to his left knee in fall camp.
2011: Did not see any varsity action.
High School / Personal: A 2011 graduate of Cape Coral High School, Johnson was a two-sport athlete who earned three letters in both football and track & field ... earned all-county and all-region honors as a linebacker his senior year ... picked up second-team all-county kudos his junior season ... voted by his peers to serve as captain of both the football and track & field teams his senior year ... member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society ... took part in the International Baccalaureate Program ... volunteered at a local hospital and was also a volunteer with the Challenger special needs baseball program ... raised by his grandparents Arthur Speights and the late Suzan Ziccardi ... majoring in oceanography.