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Bruce Johnson (CB)
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 170
College: Miami
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Live Oak, FL
High School: Suwannee HS
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Overview

Johnson impressed scouts with his coverage skills and speed as a first-year starter in 2007, and showed more of the same as a senior. Although he has not put up great statistics (two interceptions, 11 pass breakups, three tackles for loss), Johnson's slight build hides a perfect cover attitude of "bring it," much like his cousin and former UM corner Kelly Jennings (Seahawks). Johnson's speed allowed him to compete on the Miami track team as a sprinter, and he averaged 8.1 yards on 23 punt returns and 21.7 yards on 15 kickoff returns in 2006.


High School

As a senior in 2004, played both ways, making 44 solo tackles, 17 assists, one forced fumble, three recovered fumbles, 12 passes broken up and two interceptions...Also blocked three kicks...On offense, had 39 receptions for 546 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 66 yards...Named District Player of the Year...As a junior, tallied 44 tackles and two interceptions on defense and 42 receptions for 752 yards and two TDs on offense...Also returned two punts for touchdowns...In his sophomore year, had 27 catches for 407 yards...Selected for the postseason CaliFlorida Bowl...Rated the nation's No. 4 cornerback prospect by Scout.com and the No. 12 cornerback prospect by Rivals.com...Ranked as the No. 28 overall prospect by the Tampa Tribune and the No. 71 prospect in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel...Member of the Florida Times-Union Super 75...Chose Miami over Auburn and Clemson...Coached by Jay Walls.


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Analysis

Positives: Cover corner with excellent recovery and straight-line speed. ... Does not back down from larger receivers. ... Long arms that allow him to get hands on his man quickly and play the ball. ... Very sticky, changing direction quickly to keep close to his man. ... Very quick flipping hips open and staying with his man down the sideline. ... Low, fast and steady in his backpedal. ... Plays in the slot or on the outside. ... Good hands for the interception. ... Usually tries to cut to tackle, getting into the thigh of the ballcarrier, but can also wrap up in open space against quick screens. ... Has returned kickoffs, and could contribute there with his speed. ... Sticks onto gunners, protecting his punt returner.


Negatives: Small frame: adequate height, thin legs, hips and upper body. ... Plays on the line, but usually just runs with the receiver instead of jamming him. ... Also lacks the strength to get off tight end and receiver blocks. ... Flips his hips open too early inside, allowing receivers to get open on stop routes. ... Needs to be more aware of receivers in zone coverage. ... Occasionally loses his balance in his backpedal. ... Sometimes comes out of the game near the goal line and plays less against rush-happy teams because of a lack of bulk and size.


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