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    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


    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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