Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2018; Spring 2019)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2019)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2019)
2019 Season Outlook
Redshirt freshman Joseph Johnson has made a mark in his short time in the Nebraska program, and is poised to contribute to the Huskers in 2019. A walk-on from Gretna High School, Johnson worked with the second defensive unit at inside linebacker during spring ball, a position group led by senior returning starter Mohamed Barry.
The 6-3, 240-pound Johnson is also likely to find his way into Nebraska’s special teams plans in 2019. Johnson had a strong first year on campus, posting a 3.631 grade-point average as a business administration major. He made the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll both semesters of his freshman year.
Johnson sat out his first season in Lincoln as a redshirt.
Before Nebraska (Grenta HS)
Johnson was a three-year varsity player for Gretna High School, playing 35 games for head coach Dave Shrader. The linebacker recorded 288 total tackles during his prep career, including 102 solo stops. As a senior, he had three sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries – one of which he returned for a touchdown. Johnson was named to the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State team in 2017. Following his prep career, Johnson represented the South Squad in the 2018 Nebraska Shrine Bowl. He was named the game's defensive MVP after totaling a team-high nine tackles, including four for loss with 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble.
Joseph is the son of Jim and Beth Johnson, and he was born on Feb. 25, 2000. He is a business administration major. He has volunteered with Husker Heroes, the Nebraska Football Road Race, the Malone Center and local hospital and school outreach visits.