31 Byron Johnson
31 Byron Johnson
Height: 6-2
Weight: 223
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Swansea, S.C.
High School: Swansea
Position: LB

2015 — Played in all 11 games and earned starts at strong safety in the last 10 contests, taking over for Dillon Woodruff beginning in game two versus Virgina Tech...totaled 63 tackles,, including four for-loss...notched an interception and a fumble recovery...recorded a season high 10 tackles versus Virginia Tech and later matched it against Western Carolina...registered seven tackles and a fumble recovery in a 16-15 win over UCF — Furman’s first win over an FBS foe since 1999 (North Carolina)...fumble recovery came in fourth quarter at UCF 38-yard line and helped preserve the Paladins’ lead...pickoff and seven-yard return came in third quarter of eventual 24-21 win over VMI.

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.