31 Byron Johnson
31 Byron Johnson
Height: 6-2
Weight: 231
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Swansea, S.C.
High School: Swansea
Position: LB

2014 — Saw action in all 12 games and logged six starts — all at middle linebacker...earned starts in the first five games and also in a late season clash versus Wofford (31-14 win)...had five tackles in his collegiate starting debut against Gardner-Webb (13-3 win)...had six stops, including two for-loss and a sack, versus Presbyterian...notched a pair of eight-tackle performances against both Western Carolina and Wofford...finished the season with 49 tackles.  2013 — Part of a contingent of nine Paladin true freshman to register playing time, logging action in all 14 games...contributed on special teams and as a reserve linebacker...tallied 11 tackles and a fumble recovery...posted a season high three tackles and fumble recovery against Appalachian State (27-10 win)...matched it the following week with three stops versus 13th-ranked LSU...notched two tackles against Wofford (27-14 win) in Paladins’ SoCon title clinching triumph in regular season finale.

High School: 2013 graduate of Swansea (3A) High School...football coach was Chad Leaphart...played wide receiver and linebacker...paced Swansea to 10-2 record and second round appearance in state playoffs, totaling 84 tackles and eight sacks in headlining a defense that allowed a school record low 12.0 ppg...three-time all-region choice and two-time, first-team all-state pick by the High School Sports Report...named first team all-state by SCVarsity...Shrine Bowl selection...also competed in basketball and track & field.

Personal:  Full name is Byron Johnson...born January 4, 1994, in West Columbia, South Carolina...son of Daniela and Bobby Johnson...has three siblings:  Presley, Trey, and Devin...health sciences major.