CAREER: Strong and talented defensive lineman who played defensive end as freshman in Notre Dame's 3-4 defensive scheme and slid inside to defensive tackle as sophomore in 4-3 defense run ... moved back to defensive end in Bob Diaco's 3-4 defense last fall ... has played in all 38 games in his Notre Dame career and started 28 contests, including all 13 in 2010 ... totaled 83 tackles including 17.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks ... active leader on the Irish in sacks ... second among active players in tackles for loss, second in tackles for loss yardage and second in sacks yardage (trails only Darius Fleming in those categories) ... added five pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
2010 (JUNIOR): Saw action in all 13 games in 2010 ... one of 11 players to start all 13 games for the Irish this season ... joined LB Darius Fleming, CB Gary Gray, DE Kapron Lewis Moore, S Harrison Smith, ILB Manti Te'o and CB Darrin Walls as the only players on the defensive side of the ball to start all 13 games ... totaled 34 tackles on the season, including six tackles for loss (21 yards), five of which were for sacks (19 yards) ... ranked second on the team in sacks and fourth in tackles for loss ... tallied two sacks and three total tackles in the season-opening victory over Purdue ... collected three tackles against both Michigan and Michigan State ... registered one solo stop against both Stanford and Boston College ... posted three tackles against Pittsburgh ... posted a season high of five stops, including one and a half sacks and a fumble recovery against Western Michigan ... registered three tackles, including one for loss versus Navy ... recorded three tackles, one and a half for loss and one and a half sacks and a pass breakup against Tulsa ... recorded tackles for loss in three straight games (Western Michigan, Navy and Tulsa) ... made a pair of tackles in the victory at USC to close the regular season ... collected three assisted tackles in the Hyundai Sun Bowl victory over Miami (Fla.) ... totaled 674 snaps on defense, the second most of any Irish defensive lineman.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Moved to defensive tackle in Notre Dame's 4-3 defensive alignment and appeared in all 12 games while starting 11 contests (did not start against Navy) ... led Irish with four sacks and tied for third on team with six and a half tackles for loss ... ranked ninth on team with 32 tackles and added one pass breakup, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick ... very active at Michigan, recording four tackles including one tackle for loss ... tallied three tackles against Michigan State and also recorded first blocked kick of career ... blocked Spartans' extra-point attempt with 1:24 remaining in third quarter to help preserve three-point victory ... it was first blocked kick recorded by Irish since Trevor Laws blocked field goal at Stanford in 2007 season finale ... at Purdue registered first career fumble recovery on final drive to secure Notre Dame's victory ... had terrific all-around performance against Washington, totaling five tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and forced one fumble ... tallied three tackles with one and a half tackles for loss and one and a half sacks against Washington State in Alamodome ... recorded career-high six tackles in home finale against Connecticut, including one and a half tackles for loss and one sack ... notched three tackles in season finale at Stanford ... earned 262:54 of playing time and made 51 special-teams appearances.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Played in all 13 games for the Irish, including four starts (vs. Purdue, Washington, Boston College and Hawai'i) ... had a sound rookie campaign for the Irish compiling 18 total tackles (nine solo, nine assists) and dropping five ball-carriers for a loss ... also added 3.5 sacks and hurried quarterbacks two other times ... tied for team-high honors in sacks ... his first career tackle came against San Diego State in the season- opening victory ... recorded his first two career pass break-ups against Michigan State ... became Notre Dame's third freshman to start on the year vs. Purdue ... tallied two tackles (both assists) and had a quarterback hurry against the Boilers ... registered his second career start at Washington and tallied a tackle (assist) and sack ... against Boston College, he started for the third time and tallied two tackles (solo, assist) and a tackle for loss vs. the Eagles ... was a bright spot in the defensive line rotation vs. USC ... tallied five tackles and a sack in the regular-season finale against the Trojans ... finished his rookie season with a solid performance vs. Hawai'i in Notre Dame's bowl game ... tied for the team high with two sacks, adding to Notre Dame's eight team sacks against the Warriors ... logged 154:35 of playing time with 16 special-teams appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Chosen to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio but could not due to injury ... touted by Rivals.com as the top player in the Pacific Northwest ... named to the Orange County Register's Fab 15 team as one of he top 15 players in the western U.S. ... suffered a sprained knee in the first game of his senior season that caused him to miss the remainder of the season ... totaled 83 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior ... earned second-team all-state honors from The Oregonian following junior year ... named first-team all-conference as a junior and defensive player of the year for his conference following junior campaign ... played defensive tackle as a sophomore and junior when he had 24 combined sacks before switching to defensive end as a senior in a newly implemented 3-4 defense ... Lincoln registered a 21-3 record during his sophomore and junior seasons ... labeled by Rivals.com as the top player in Oregon and the second-best defensive end in the nation ... rated the 26th-best prospect by Sports Illustrated/TAKKLE.com ... ranked the 32nd-best player in his class by Tom Lemming and CSTV as well as Rivals.com ... Scout.com considered him the 49th-best player in the nation, the top player in Oregon and fourth-best defensive end prospect ... also participated in track and field for the Cardinals ... won the shot put at the Portland Interscholastic League meet and placed sixth at the state meet ... spent the summer after both his sophomore and junior years working as an intern in a Portland law firm ... played football for coach Chad Carlson at Lincoln ... born Dec. 18, 1989 ... son of Daniel and Rita Johnson ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in finance.