Jerrod Johnson

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Jerrod Johnson
No. -- Baltimore Ravens
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-07-27) July 27, 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College: Texas A&M
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Consensus second-team All-Big 12 (2009)
  • Big 12 Record for throwing 242 consecutive passes without an interception
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Jerrod Terrel Johnson (born July 27, 1988) is an American football quarterback who currently plays for the Baltimore Ravens. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Texas A&M. Johnson was Texas A&M's starting quarterback from 2008 to 2010, finishing his collegiate career ranked first in school history with 8,011 passing yards and 8,888 yards total offense.

College career[edit]

2006 season[edit]

Johnson saw no action during the 2006 football season as he was redshirted.

He was also on the Aggie basketball team for a while during the 2006-07 basketball season, playing minor minutes under coach Billy Gillispie in three games vs. Big 12 opponents. He chose to focus on football after the season.[1]

2007 season[edit]

During the 2007 football season Johnson backed up junior Stephen McGee at quarterback. He took 20 snaps the entire season, and 13 of those 20 were running plays. He compiled 161 all-purpose yards for five touchdowns.[2]

2008 season[edit]

Prior to Johnson's sophomore season, head coach Mike Sherman became the Aggies' new coach. During fall camp Johnson competed for the starting job with senior Stephen McGee, but lost out to the veteran team leader. Johnson was then moved to part-time receiver. He made his first catch vs Arkansas State for a gain of 36 yards. His role as a wide receiver continued for only a brief period. In the second game of the season, vs New Mexico, Stephen McGee suffered a right shoulder sprain on the opening series. Johnson stepped in and completed 10-of-19 for 124 yards and 3 touchdowns.[3][4] He returned to the wide receiver position against Army, but McGee re-injured his shoulder during the game, paving the way for Johnson to step in and lead Texas A&M to a victory. Against Kansas State, Johnson compiled 419 passing yards and 487 total offensive yards, setting then-single game school records in both categories.[5] He threw for 381 yards and a career-best four touchdown passes against Iowa State.[6][7][8] Johnson threw for a career-high of 4 interceptions against Baylor.

2009 season[edit]

Johnson and Ryan Tannehill battled for the starting position during the 2009 offseason, but Johnson eventually prevailed.[9] Johnson led the team to a 6–6 regular-season record including an upset road win at Texas Tech. He compiled a school-record 3,217 passing yards in the regular season, and also led the Big 12 in touchdown passes for the season.[10] In the 2009 Independence Bowl against Georgia, he completed 29 of 58 passes for 362 yards and two touchdowns, but was sacked three times and intercepted twice in the loss. He was named Second Team All-Big 12 for his performance during the 2009 regular season.

2010 season[edit]

In the spring prior to his 2010 season, Johnson had arthroscopic shoulder surgery.[11]

He entered the 2010 season as the Preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate.[12] However, he failed to meet the high expectations. He threw nine interceptions in the first five games of the season, and then struggled in the 30–9 loss to Missouri. A sports editor noted that Johnson struggled with his accuracy and seemed to have less of a "zip" on his passes.[13] During the ensuing Kansas game, he split time at quarterback with second-string Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill outperformed Johnson with his 12-for-16 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson lost the starting job to Tannehill after the Kansas game.

Over the first seven games, Johnson posted 158-of-279 passes for 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. His passing efficiency rating was 125.4. He was also sacked 25 times on 304 plays.[14][15][16] However, during the Kansas game, he raised his total career yardage to 8,888, breaking the school record of 8,876 held by Reggie McNeal from 2002–05.[17] He is the A&M career leader in both total offense (8,888 yards) and passing yards (8,011 yards).[18]

Johnson continued to stay on the sidelines for the remainder of the season. Despite losing the starting position, Johnson was noted for his humility.[19]

NCAA statistics[edit]

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Season Team GP Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD Int Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
2007 Texas A&M 5 182.86 7 2 28.6 50 2 0 13 111 3 0 0 0
2008 Texas A&M 11 137.37 326 194 59.5 2,435 21 10 94 114 3 2 41 0
2009 Texas A&M 12 136.74 497 296 59.6 3,579 30 8 145 506 8 0 0 0
2010 Texas A&M 7 125.35 279 158 56.6 1,947 14 9 79 146 2 0 0 0
Total 35 145.58 1,109 650 58.6 8,011 67 27 331 877 16 2 41 0


Professional career[edit]


Johnson played in the 2011 East–West Shrine Game.[21] A sports editor commented that Johnson had the least zip of all the quarterbacks who played, and did not throw like he used to during the 2009 season.[22]

He went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Hartford Colonials[edit]

Johnson was selected first overall in the 2011 UFL Draft by the Hartford Colonials. However the Colonials went out of business, and Johnson was a free agent.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles on July 26, 2011. He was waived on August 13.

Arizona Rattlers[edit]

He was assigned to the Arizona Rattlers on September 27, 2011.[23]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Johnson on January 13, 2012. They then cut him on August 31, 2012.

Sacramento Mountain Lions[edit]

Johnson signed with the Sacramento Mountain Lions in September 2012, serving as the team's backup quarterback. He became the team's starter in Week 2 of the 2012 season after an injury to starter Josh Johnson.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

The Seattle Seahawks signed Johnson on April 24, 2013. He was released on June 14, after the Seahawks signed Tarvaris Jackson who had just been released by the Buffalo Bills.

Chicago Bears[edit]

On September 1, 2013, Johnson was signed by the Chicago Bears to the practice squad.[24] He was released on September 4, 2013, and was brought back on September 9.[25] He was again removed from the practice squad on September 24.[26]

Johnson was re-signed by the Bears on December 30, 2013.[27]


Jerrod has one brother named Marquis. Their father, Larry Johnson, who also played for the Aggies, died of a stroke in December 2007.[28]


  1. ^ Johnsons 2006-07 basketball stats
  2. ^ "QB competition heating up". 
  3. ^ "Texas A&M has a team player in Jerrod Johnson". 
  4. ^ "A&M's Johnson ready if McGee can't play". 
  5. ^ "Kansas State takes 44-30 win over Texas A&M". 
  6. ^ "Johnson tosses career-best four TDs as Aggies roll past Cyclones". 
  7. ^ "Texas A&M QB Johnson learning on the fly". 
  8. ^ "Johnson living dad’s dream". 
  9. ^ "Johnson to start at QB in Aggies' opener". 
  10. ^ "Record-setting Aggies QB sets stage for greatness". 
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  12. ^ "3-point stance: Penn State's other milestone". 
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  14. ^ "Switch at quarterback invigorates Texas A&M attack". 
  15. ^ "Aggies have their QB now". 
  16. ^ "CESSNA: Tannehill will be tested". 
  17. ^ "Johnson, Tannehill lead Texas A&M by Kansas 45-10". 
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  20. ^ "Jerrod Johnson #1 QB". 
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  23. ^ Dual Threat QB, Jerrod Johnson Joins Rattlers
  24. ^ Biggs, Brad (2013-09-01). "Bears sign rookie DE Bass; QB Johnson joins practice squad". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  25. ^ Wright, Michael (2013-09-09). "Bears bring back Scott, Johnson". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  26. ^ "Bears Make Practice Squad Moves". WBBM-TV. 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  27. ^ Wright, Michael C. (2013-12-30). "Bears sign 11 to reserve/futures contracts". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  28. ^ "This one's for you, Dad". 

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