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One of four veteran receivers in the Irish pass-catching corps for 2000 . . . worked at split end along with Javin Hunter, with Joey Getherall and David Givens pegged at flanker . . . fifth-year player who gives Notre Dame solid dose of experience . . . smart, dependable player who is familiar with Irish system and has earned trust of Irish coaches . . . already has made his share of noteworthy key catches . . . earned monograms all four seasons in a reserve role.

AS A SENIOR: Fifth-year player returned as reserve receiver . . . played in 10 games overall, including vs. Oregon State in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl . . . made first reception of season (12 yards) vs. Stanford . . . caught career-long 46-yard scoring pass from Gary Godsey for final Irish points vs. Navy . . . injured hamstring vs. Navy, causing him to miss West Virginia and Air Force games . . . returned to action vs. Boston College.

AS A JUNIOR: Played in each of last 11 games in '99 as reserve Irish receiver, missing only Kansas opener . . . caught first career scoring pass with 31-yarder in fourth period vs. Arizona State . . . made game-winning, 16-yard reception from Jarious Jackson with 36 seconds left vs. Navy to give Irish 28-24 victory . . . caught two for 25 vs. Tennessee.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 11 games in '98 (all but Navy) as reserve Irish wide receiver . . . made huge reception on fourth down vs. Purdue on 80-yard drive that brought Irish to within 30-28 in eventual victory . . . had 29-yard grab vs. Baylor . . . caught 27-yarder in reserve role in '99 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech.

AS A FRESHMAN: Earned a monogram in '97 while seeing action in eight games as wide receiver backup . . . played vs. Michigan, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Navy, LSU (regular-season game), West Virginia and Hawaii - and again vs. LSU in '97 Independence Bowl . . . made catches for 27 yards vs. Michigan State, 32 vs. Boston College and 17 vs. Navy . . . did not see varsity action as rookie in '96.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Two-way standout at Starkville High School in Starkville, Miss. . . . helped team to 15-0 record and 4-A state championship as senior in '95 . . . named to Super Southern 100 by Atlanta Journal-Constitition . . . missed half the '95 season with knee injury . . . made four interceptions as free safety . . . had 389 all-purpose yards on 30 receptions as junior in '94 and while scoring six TDs, intercepting four passes as Starkville claimed state title that season as well . . . played basketball, baseball and ran track as sprinter . . . anchored 4x100 relay team that won state title as junior . . . born 10-13-77 . . . younger of two children . . . full name is James Michael Johnson . . . enrolled in College of Arts and Letters with majors in sociology and computer applications.

?G-GSTime Rec.Yds.Avg.TDLG
19977-0 27:24 3 76 25.3032
199810-066:06 4 69 17.3029
199911-046:26 6 10918.2231
20009-0 88:13 2 58 29.0146
Total37-0228:091531220.8346

JOHNSON GAME BY GAME
1998

GameRec.Yds.TD
Michigan000
Michigan State 190
Purdue1150
Stanford1160
Arizona State 000
Army000
Baylor1290
Boston College 000
NavyInjured - DNP
LSU000
USC 000
1999 Gator Bowl
Georgia Tech 1270

1999

GameRec.Yds.TD
KansasDNP
Michigan000
Purdue000
Michigan State 170
Oklahoma000
Arizona State 1311
USC000
Navy1161
Tennessee2250
Pittsburgh000
Boston College 000
Stanford1300

2000

GameRec.Yds.TD
Texas A&M 00 0
Nebraska00 0
Purdue00 0
Michigan State 00 0
Stanford1120
Navy1461
West Virginia Injured - DNP
Air Force Injured - DNP
Boston College 00 0
Rutgers00 0
USC00 0
2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Oregon State 000

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Jay Johnson
Jay  Johnson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Starkville, MS

High School:
Starkville

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 195

Position:
Split End

Birthdate:
10/13/1977

HS Coach:
Chuck Friend

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September 5
7:30 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind.

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September 12
3:30 PM
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Charlottesville, Va.

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September 19
3:30 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind.

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September 26
3:30 PM
vs Massachusetts
Notre Dame, Ind.

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TBA
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Clemson, S.C.

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October 10
3:30 PM
vs Navy
Notre Dame, Ind.

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October 17
7:30 PM
vs USC
Notre Dame, Ind.

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