Coming into this season, the safety position was one of some concern. Per OTS on his old blog:
What a difference an offseason can make. Johnson went from a likely special teamer to a defensive star this season, starting all thirteen games while leading the team in tackles (94 total, 57 solo) and interceptions (6 for 64 yards), and was second on the team behind Simeon Castille in passes defended with eight to his ten. By season's end, the former walk on running back was First Team All-SEC, and would be named Co-Defensive Player of the Year (with Wallace Gilberry) by the coaching staff. More than that, though, he was also made a Permanent Team Captain, an honor typically reserved for Seniors.