Ty Johnson (American football)

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Ty Johnson
No. 38 – Detroit Lions
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1997-09-17) September 17, 1997 (age 21)
Cumberland, Maryland
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Fort Hill (MD)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 6 / Pick: 186
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Ty Johnson (born September 17, 1997) is an American football running back for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Maryland.

High school career[edit]

Johnson grew up in Cumberland, Maryland, and is a member of the graduating class of 2015 at Fort Hill High School. Johnson was a multi-year starter at both running back and defensive back. In his junior and senior seasons at Fort Hill in 2013 and 2014, Johnson lead the Sentinels to back to back Maryland 1A State Football Championships. After both seasons, Johnson was named Area High School Football Player of the Year by the Cumberland Times-News, and in 2014 was named to the Maryland High School Consensus All-State team by the Maryland High School Football Foundation.[1][2] Johnson was responsible for nearly 5,000 all-purpose yards and 65 touchdowns during his two full varsity seasons.[3]

College career[edit]

Johnson was rated as a three-star college prospect, the 20th best recruit in the state of Maryland, and the 64th best running back prospect in the country by Rivals.[4] Johnson verbally committed to the Maryland Terrapins briefly after being offered a scholarship in June 2014 by then-head coach Randy Edsall at a football camp at Maryland Stadium. Johnson officially signed his letter of intent to attend Maryland in February 2015.[3] While Johnson was recruited by other programs, he did not receive a scholarship offer from a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) program other than the Terrapins.[4]

In four seasons with the Terrapins, Johnson tallied 4,196 all-purpose yards, third in program history. In his sophomore season in 2016, Johnson set the Terrapins’ single season yards per carry record, averaging 9.1 yards per rushing attempt. Johnson also starred as a kick returner, finishing his collegiate career with 1,194 kick return yards and two return touchdowns, one going for 100 yards against Ohio State in 2017, and another going for 98 yards against Michigan in 2018.[5] Johnson graduated from Maryland in December 2018.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Johnson did not receive an invitation to the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. However, at Maryland’s football pro day, scouts from 29 NFL teams, plus scouts from two Arena Football League teams and one Canadian Football League team were present to observe the workouts of 15 Maryland players, including Johnson. Johnson impressed scouts by running a 40-yard dash time clocked by most scouts as anywhere between 4.3 and 4.4 seconds, with one scout reportedly timing Johnson as fast as 4.26 seconds.[6] For comparison, the fastest 40-yard dash time ran by any running back at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine was 4.40 seconds by Justice Hill of the Oklahoma State Cowboys.[7] At his pro day workout, Johnson was also able to do 27 repetitions of the bench press at 225 pounds, which would have ranked the highest amongst 2019 Combine running backs,[8] and was recorded jumping a 34-inch vertical.[6]

Johnson was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth-round (186th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[9]


  1. ^ a b mburke@times-news.com, Mike Burke. "Something so good, so true from the start". The Cumberland Times-News. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  2. ^ Maryl, Sheldon ShealerCreator at; Reference, High School Football (2014-12-30). "2014 All-State – Consensus". Maryland High School Football Foundation. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  3. ^ a b "Maryland lands Johnson". The Cumberland Times-News. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  4. ^ a b "Ty Johnson, 2015 Running Back - Rivals.com". n.rivals.com. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  5. ^ Johnson, Lamar (2019-04-27). "Maryland RB Ty Johnson selected in 6th round of NFL Draft by Detroit Lions". Testudo Times. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  6. ^ a b Johnson, Lamar (2019-03-27). "Highlights from Maryland football's pro day". Testudo Times. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  7. ^ "2019 NFL combine: Top 40-yard dash times at each position as unheralded safety posts fastest run at Indy". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  8. ^ Daniels, Tim. "NFL Combine 2019 Results: Tracking 40 Times, Bench Press and All Drills". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  9. ^ Alter, Marlowe (April 27, 2019). "Detroit Lions add Maryland RB Ty Johnson with Round 6 of NFL draft". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 27, 2019.