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Merrill Johnson
Merrill Johnson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Butler, AL

High School:
Choctaw County

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 210

Position:
LB

Birthdate:
11/22/1985

Experience:
3L

Major:
Criminology

2007 -- Played in nine games, starting in four ... Made 19 tackles, including 10 solo ... Started in season opener against Kansas State, registering a pair of tackles ... Registered three assisted tackles in South Florida game before leaving in the first half with a left shoulder injury ... Missed four and a half games before returning to see limited action on special teams at Arkansas ... Registered one tackle, solo, vs. Ole Miss ... Recorded season-high five tackles, including four solo, vs. Tennessee Tech ... Returned to starting lineup vs. Alabama ... Notched three tackles against Crimson Tide... Finished with two tackles aginst Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

2006 -- Played in all 13 games, starting six ... Finished with 33 tackles, including three for loss ... Posted three solo tackles against Nebraska in a start at the Cotton Bowl ... Led Auburn with six tackles and finished with a sack (-10) against Arkansas State ... Credited with two assisted tackles against Tulane ... Finished with two tackles against South Carolina ... Tied for Auburn's team lead with seven tackles against Buffalo, posting one for a loss (-3) ... Also credited with three quarterback hurries against the Bulls ... Finished with five tackles, good for second on the team, against LSU ... Posted a tackle for loss (-4) against the Tigers ... Tied for second on the team with five tackles, in cluding four solo, against Mississippi State ... Tied for second on the team with four tackles, three solo, against Washington State.

2005 -- The Sporting News SEC All-Freshman Team ... Played in 11 games ... Posted three tackles, including two solo, against Ole Miss ... Finished with three tackles against South Carolina ... Was among Auburn's leaders with four tackles against Western Kentucky ... Paced Auburn with nine tackles, including seven solo, with one tackle for loss (-1) against Ball State.

2004 -- Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL -- High School Coach: Charles Graves ... Totaled 401 tackles in three years at linebacker ... As a senior, registered 184 tackles, 10 sacks and four forced fumbles ... Returned two fumbles for touchdowns ... Also saw time at running back and rushed for more than 400 yards ... Alabama Sports Writers Class 4A All-State team ... Mobile Register All-Region team.

PERSONAL -- Born Nov. 22, 1985 ... Son of Rosie and Merrill Johnson ... Majoring in criminology.