When the Texas A&M Aggies need someone to help shrink the pocket or stifle the backfield, they turn to junior linebacker Buddy Johnson.
Johnson, who stands 6-foot-2-inches and weighs 228 pounds, has started all five games so far in his third year for Texas A&M and has eclipsed his career total for tackles for loss (TFL) – five in 2018 – and matched his output for tackles – 27 in 2018.
The Aggies, who are currently on a bye week, received a solid performance from Johnson in their hard-fought 31-27 win over SEC rival Arkansas on Sept. 28. Johnson registered seven tackles, 2.5 TFLs, a sack, a quarterback hurry and a pass deflection in front of a packed house at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
During his time at Dallas Kimball High, Johnson was a star on both sides of the ball. In addition to being a highly recruited all-district linebacker, he led the Knights in rushing and receiving in 2016 with 472 rushing yards and 446 receiving yards, in addition to 268 passing yards.