The World-Herald is counting down the top 50 Nebraska players you need to know heading into the 2019 season.
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6-3, 235 • Freshman • ILB
The Gretna grad doesn’t look like a walk-on. Johnson wears weight on his frame well after a redshirt season, and now he’s needed at inside linebacker, which has a firm alpha in Mohamed Barry and a lot of questions otherwise. Collin Miller and Will Honas are likely the Nos. 2 and 3, and freshmen linebackers Nick Henrich, Garrett Snodgrass and Jackson Hannah are in the mix, too. Johnson has a leg up — for now — on the rookies because he’s healthy and has had a year in the defense. Henrich, having injured a shoulder in spring, is headed for a redshirt. Snodgrass and Hannah also will have a good crack at the No. 4 inside linebacker spot.