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Senior A&M linebacker Buddy Johnson leaving for NFL Draft

January 8, 2021
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Following a tremendous senior season in which he emerged as the leader of Texas A&M’s defense, linebacker Buddy Johnson has declared to enter the NFL draft.

Johnson made the announcement on Friday.

His decision to forego an additional year of eligibility put an end to a splendid career in which he led the Aggies in tackles in the two years he was a starter.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Johnson was a quarterback at Dallas Kimball High School. He came to A&M as a 210-pound three-star rated prospect in the 2017 recruiting class.

His weight, muscle tone and production steadily increased.

He appeared in 12 games as a freshman and posted 20 tackles. The next season he had 27 tackles in a backup role to Tyrel Dodson and Otaro Alaka.

In the 2019 season, Johnson moved into the starting lineup with outstanding results. He led the Aggies with 77 tackles and was third on the team with 9.5 tackles for loss.

The highlight of his junior season was returning a fumble 62 yards for a touchdown in a 24-17 victory over Ole Miss. He also had 10 tackles in that game to earn Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week recognition.

Although shunned for postseason honors, Johnson proved among the SEC’s best linebackers in 2020. He posted 86 tackles, including 85 for lost yardage. He had 4 sacks, returned an interception for a touchdown in a 20-7 victory over LSU and forced two fumbles.

Johnson stripped the football from Florida running back Malik Davis with just under 4 minutes remaining in a 38-38 tie. DeMarvin Leal recovered the fumble. The turnover led to the game-winning field goal as the Aggies upset the No. 4 Gators, 41-38.

Johnson also broke up three passes this season.

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Senior A&M linebacker Buddy Johnson leaving for NFL Draft

4,382 Views | 17 Replies | Last: 3 mo ago by Ranch Dressing
Jbob04
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Good luck Buddy. You really improved over the years and turned into a big time SEC linebacker.
BreNayPop
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Good luck buddy!!!
AgSportsFan89
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Hope he gets a good opportunity in the NFL. Has the attitude and work ethic to make it given the chance. Good luck to him.
Emilio Fantastico
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If he can run some decent times at the combine, he can really improve his draft stock.
GumboMaverick
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"He posted 86 tackles, including 85 for lost yardage."

wow - lots of loss yardage... /s

HYC_AG
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GumboMaverick said:

"He posted 86 tackles, including 85 for lost yardage."

wow - lots of loss yardage... /s


1st round draft pick stats there!
AgOutsideAustin
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Baller
angryocotillo
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Emilio Fantastico said:

If he can run some decent times at the combine, he can really improve his draft stock.


He looked pretty fast in the orange bowl chasing down Sam Howell a couple times.
Emilio Fantastico
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HYC_AG said:

GumboMaverick said:

"He posted 86 tackles, including 85 for lost yardage."

wow - lots of loss yardage... /s


1st round draft pick stats there!
Or it means he either got them in the backfield or he didn't get them at all.
greg.w.h
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Thank you Buddy. As a soon-to-be former student:

1. Get that diploma. It's worth it!
2. Affirm us as you get introduced for the NFL year f you don't mind!
3. Join us in waiting impatiently and a shouting "Next Man Up!" Or more traditionally "RELOAD."
sharpdressedman
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Thanks and best wishes to a great player!
TAMU74
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Thanks and good luck in the NFL.
rab79
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Emilio Fantastico said:

HYC_AG said:

GumboMaverick said:

"He posted 86 tackles, including 85 for lost yardage."

wow - lots of loss yardage... /s


1st round draft pick stats there!
Or it means he either got them in the backfield or he didn't get them at all.
probably because there should be a period between the 8 and the 5
in order for democrats, liberals, progressives et al to continue their illogical belief systems they have to pretend not to know a lot of things' By pretending 'not to know' there is no guilt, no actual connection to conscience. Denial of truth allows easier trespass.
TexasLeaguer
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Really enjoyed watching Buddy progress as a linebacker. True Aggie! Best of luck!
Cojack
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Buddy "the beast" Johson will dominate in the NFL. Huge shoes to fill.
coupland boy
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Good luck Buddy and thank you sir
Ranch Dressing
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"I hope I was a great teammate to my brothers and a great representation of this program" - Buddy Johnson

Class act, and you definitely were/are.
“Those who sit on the picket fence are impaled by it.”
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