Washington: One of the top cornerbacks in nation ... voted a team captain for the 2004 season ... solid cover corner ... an All-American candidate ... set UW record in 2003 by recording an interception in four consecutive games ... ranks as the No. 11 cornerback in the nation in the Sporting News season preview as well as being named to the preseason Pac-10 first team and hailed as the fastest defensive back in the conference ... Street & Smith's magazine named him a preseason All-American Honorable Mention ... ranked in the top-20 cornerbacks in Lindy's season preview and named a first team All-Pac-10 DB ... a three-time letterwinner ... missed the entire 2001 season due to a serious foot injury ... can be used as a returner on special teams. 2003: Started 27 games during his UW career ... All-American candidate at cornerback ... a second-team All-Pac-10 selection last year ... started every game except for the Stanford contest, in which he came off the bench to earn the defensive 12th Man of the game award ... had 10 interceptions in his last 15 games ... enters his senior season with a total of 11 career interceptions ... that ties for sixth on UW's career interception list ... was ranked 14th nationally and third in the Pac-10 in 2003 with .50 interceptions per game ... longest return after a pick-off was for 36 yards against Stanford for a touchdown... killed a Washington State drive with a 24-yard interception return ... led the team by breaking up seven passes attempts ... had 41 total tackles during the season ... top tackling day came against USC where he made eight stops ... can be used as a kickoff returner ... had four returns last season ... a three-year letterwinner ... named the 2003 Defensive MVP at team banquet. 2002: Started all 13 games at cornerback after missing the 2001 season with a foot injury ... earned second-team All-Pac-10 acclaim after totaling five interceptions and 10 pass breakups ... tied for second in Pac-10 with his interception total ... ranked fifth in the Pac-10 for passes defended with 15 (10 PD/5 INT) ... exploded over the regular season's last three games, making four interceptions and twice earning Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors ... grabbed two interceptions in Huskies' 41-29 win over Oregon State ... returned one interception for a 42-yard touchdown, one of two interception returns for touchdowns by Huskies in the game ... earned first of two consecutive Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors for efforts against the Beavers ... the following week, intercepted two passes against Oregon to cue the Huskies' 42-14 romp and earn second Pac-10 weekly honor ... fourth on the team in total tackles with 56, including one-and-a-half tackles for-loss ... had season-high seven tackles in Sun Bowl against Purdue ... notched first-career forced fumble against USC ... part of a Husky pass defense that allowed an average of just 210 yards passing over its last five regular-season games, including nine interceptions and just six touchdowns ... named a coaches' defensive player of the game after wins over Wyoming, Oregon State and Oregon ... named a KJR 950-AM Defensive MVP and KING-TV Most Improved Player at the postseason awards banquet. 2001: Redshirted the entire 2001 season after suffering a foot injury during spring practice ... enters fall as a likely starter at cornerback and kick returner on special teams. 2000: Selected a second-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... earned Rivals.com first-team Freshman All-American honors as a kick returner ... a first-team All-Pac-10 selection at kick returner by the Tacoma News-Tribune ...appeared in every game, starting at cornerback against Arizona State, Cal, and Washington State ... third among Husky freshmen with 19 tackles, 16 unassisted ... one of five true freshmen to appear in every game ... led the Pac-10, and ranked 21st in the nation in kick returns with a 24.2-yard average ... was the most prolific true-freshman kick returner in Husky football history ... cracked Washington's all-time top-10 single-season lists in total kick returns, total kick return yards, and kick return average ... 24.2-yard average per return is fifth-best single-season mark all-time at UW ... 23 total kick returns ties Scott Phillips (1973) for second all-time in the Husky record book ... 557 total kick return yards is the fifth-highest single-season total by a Husky ... averaged 25.0 yards on two kick returns in Huskies' 34-24 Rose Bowl win over Purdue ... had four returns for 121 yards against Oregon State, earning weekly special teams MVP honors ... had a season-long 56-yard kick return vs. Cal to set up a Husky field goal ... was tied for second-longest kick return in the Pac-10 in 2000 ... scored first-career touchdown on a 22-yard reverse against Idaho, becoming the first true freshman to score in a season-opener for Washington since 1982 ... made first-career fumble recovery at Arizona State ... one of four recipients of KOMO Newstalk 1000's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player award.
High School and Personal: Born Feb. 9, 1982 ... mother's name is Janet Steen ... played for coach Hal Pfeiffer at Notre Dame High School ... amassed 1,990 yards rushing, 39 TDs, and 586 yards receiving in 1999 ... was the DeAnaza league most valuable player ... an all-CIF, all-county and Small Schools all-state selection ... a member of the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" ... a PrepStar All-Region pick at running back ... ranked by PrepStar as the number nine running back in the West Region ... ranked 37th in SuperPrep's California/Hawaii/Nevada 152 ... also competed for Notre Dame's track program ... a law, society and justice major.
Defensive Statistics Year G-S Solo Asst. Tot. Loss FC FR PD Int. Sacks 2000 12-3 19 4 23 1-2 0 1-0 1 0-0 0-0 2001 Did not play -- injury redshirt 2002 13-13 35 21 56 1.5-3 1 0-0 10 5-56 0-0 2003 12-11 27 14 41 0.5-1 0 1-0 7 6-62 0-0 Totals 37-27 81 39 120 3-6 1 1-0 18 11-118 0-0Johnson news and features:
Kickoff Returns Year G-S No. Yds. Avg. TD LG 2000 12-3 25 607 24.3 0 56 2003 12-11 4 72 18.0 0 29 Totals 37-27 29 679 23.4 0 56
Punt Returns Year G-S No. Yds. Avg. TD LG 2000 12-3 13 40 3.1 0 12
In the Trenches with Derrick Johnson - gohuskies.com (Nov. 15, 2004)
Cornerstone - gohuskies.com (Sept. 17, 2004)