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#43 Chris Johnson
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 230
Year: Senior
Hometown: Council Bluffs, Iowa
High School: Abraham Lincoln H.S.
Major: Economics
Experience: 3 Letters

Chris returns for his third season as the Jackrabbits’ starting middle linebacker ... member of the Great West Football Conference All-Academic Team in 2006 and 2007, and was an honorable mention selection to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Academic Team in 2008 ... majoring in economics

Earned honorable mention all-MVFC honors after starting all 12 games and finishing second on team with 82 tackles ...  recorded double figures for tackles three times, including season-high 12 versus Cal Poly ... tallied 11 stops against Western Illinois and 10 at Southern Illinois ... credited with a sack among his nine tackles in Hobo Day game against McNeese State ...led team with two fumble recoveries ... intercepted passes at Northern Iowa and versus Illinois State

Ranked second both on team and in Great West Football Conference with 106 tackles ... named to all-GWFC First Team by media and second team by the league’s coaches ... posted double figures for tackles six times, including career-high 16 stops against Southern Utah ... also returned fumble 14 yards and broke up a pass against SUU ... opened season with three straight games with 11 or more tackles, including 12 in season opener at Western Illinois ... forced fumble and made 11 stops at Youngstown State ... recorded sack against Texas State ... notched 12 tackles in season finale versus North Dakota State

Played in all 11 games and tallied 29 tackles ... made season-high 10 tackles and recovered a fumble versus William Penn (Iowa) ... recorded five tackles in games at Montana and versus Central Arkansas ... notched tackles for loss versus Montana, William Penn and Southern Utah

Redshirted ... was selected as team’s Scout Defense Player of the Year ... two-time Scout Defense Player of the Week and also honored as Scout Special Teams Player of the Week once

Was an all-city, all-conference, all-Western Iowa and all-state pick for coach Bob Forsyth at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa ... put together an excellent senior season despite an injury, running for 692 yards in the first three weeks of the season and finishing with 1,192 yards on 172 carries ... also led the team in tackles playing middle linebacker ... in addition, lettered in basketball and track ... member of the National Honor Society