A durable, powerful four-year starter at South Carolina, Johnson is known for his consistency, smarts and work ethic ... Has opened rookie season on practice squad … Started school-record 53 consecutive games between guard and center in college ... A standout in the weight room, he twice earned team’s annual award for outstanding effort.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: On practice squad for Games 1-12 ... Played in all four preseason games.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in seventh round of 2013 NFL Draft (251st overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-10-13.
COACH MARVIN LEWIS SAYS: “T.J. played a lot of football down there (at South Carolina). He ran the show and did a great job in their offense, which is a lot of shotgun, not in the huddle, and with a lot of changing at the line of scrimmage. He’s a really smart guy, able to handle all those things that they do offensively, and he’s played against some of the best players and top prospects week in and week out.”
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played four seasons (2009-12) at South Carolina, with a redshirt year in 2008 ... Started all 53 possible games of his college career (school record) ... Played guard his freshman season, before switching to center for final three seasons ... Helped Gamecocks to 38-15 record, and became only player in school history to start in four wins over archrival Clemson ... Anchored middle of line that paved way for one of SEC’s most productive running attacks, which featured All-American RB Marcus Lattimore. 2012—Team captain, and was named second-team All-SEC by league’s coaches ... Started every game at center, and anchored offensive line during offense’s midseason switch from ground to pass emphasis following injury to Lattimore ... Named SEC Offensive Lineman of Week for effort in Gamecocks 35-7 win vs. Georgia, as USC’s offense compiled 230 yards rushing. 2011—Started every game at center for offense that averaged 373 yards per game, including 192 rushing yards per game. 2010—Made switch from guard to center and started every game for offense that averaged 392 yards per game ... Named SEC Offensive Lineman of Week for performance vs. Southern Miss, helping pave way for 224-yard rushing effort. 2009—Started every game as freshman at guard, the only offensive lineman (and one of only five players) to start every contest ... Named Freshman All-SEC by league’s coaches.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Aynor (S.C.) High School, where he earned Associated Press first-team all-state honors from the Associated Press as a senior ... Played in the 71st-annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... Named to the All-Atlantic Region team by Prep Star magazine.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Aynor, S.C. ... Graduated from South Carolina in August 2012, with degree in sport and entertainment management ... Three-time academic All-SEC, and posted 3.82 grade point average.
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