As a true freshman for the Wildcats, Johnson started two games and recorded 16 tackles.
Mike Stoops' eight-year run as Arizona's head coach ended with his firing in the middle of that season, after which Tim Kish took over as interim coach. Both joined the Oklahoma staff in January 2012.
“Every game I was like, ‘I can't wait till I can help my team out,'” Johnson said. “I was usually kind of down because I wasn't out there. But I'm here now. It's almost game time.”
Johnson is currently expected to start opposite senior cornerback Aaron Colvin.
Senior running back Brennan Clay on the lower-than-normal expectations surrounding Oklahoma this preseason:
“A lot of people are thinking 16 is pretty high, which it is. We're not used to that; we're not accustomed to it. We've always been in the top five, the top three and had an easy path to the No. 1. We've always had a bull's-eye on our back because of that.
“I think it's good that we're out of the radar. We have smooth sailing right now.”