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TAURUS JOHNSON Wide Receiver South Florida Bulls #89 6:00.0-201-4.54 Cape Coral, FL Cape Coral High School
It's very fitting that a player named Taurus plays for the USF Bulls. Johnson has flashed playmaking ability throughout his career, averaging 36 catches for 466 yards and four scores over the past three seasons. Although he has been inconsistent and will not be confused for a track star anytime soon, Johnson's has been QB Matt Groethe's go-to receiver. His size, hands, quick feet and kick return experience make him a potential No. 3 receiver and special teams contributor at the next level.
Positives: Good height and build for the position. Adequate deep speed. Adequate feet to gain separation. Secure hands for the reception. Generally catches the ball with his hands, but is a cognitive player who knows when he's going to absorb a big hit and will body-catch to protect the ball. Good balance and body control to make the tough reception. A tendency to make the big reception in critical situations. Good agility to make defenders miss in space. Has experience as a returner (20.1-yard kick return average from 2006-2008).
Negatives: Lacks the straight-line speed to challenge deep and with only adequate burst out of his breaks; will struggle to generate separation against NFL caliber cornerbacks. Exposed in this area a bit during practices at the East-West Shrine Game. Slowed with an ankle injury the last half of 2007.
Started seven games and saw action in all 13 ... Third-team All-BIG EAST performer according to Phil Steele ... Concluded career among the top receivers in program history ... Ranks second on USF career list in touchdowns (12), third in receiving yards (1,434) and receptions (112) ... Second in USF career books for kickoff returns, third in kickoff return yards (784) and seventh in games played (48) .... Second on the 2008 team with 38 receptions ... Led squad with career-best six touchdowns ... Averaged 13.1 yards per reception, which was the second-best average on the team ... Accounted for 498 yards of total offense, including 232 on kickoff returns and 11 rushing ... Single-game best of seven reception against Kansas ... Reeled in six receptions and 143 yards against UCF ... Touchdown against UCF was the game-winner in overtime ... Reeled in two touchdowns catches against Syracuse and Memphis ... Logged four or more catches in four games.
The veteran leader of a young, talented, and deep receiving pool that will return in 2008 ... Played in 11 games, starting five times and missing two with an ankle injury ... Third on the team with 34 receptions ... Perhaps the most elusive receiver on the team ... Racked up 407 receiving yards and four touchdowns ... Single-game high of six receptions against Elon and UCF ... Single-game yardage high of 83 yards against UCF ... Also reeled in two touchdowns against the Knights ... Also returned 11 kickoffs for 183 total yards and a long of 33.
Second on team with 37 receptions for 494 yards…Two touchdown receptions…Also a dangerous runner, he has five carries for 51yards, including three touchdowns, matching Amarri Jackson's school record (2005) for a receiver…Had two 100-yard receiving days…Six catches for 106 with a game-winning TD vs. FIU (Sept. 9)…Also had one of his three rushing TDs vs. FIU (Sept. 9) for 14 yards…Five receptions for 131 yards, including a 79-yard TD in win over Syracuse (Nov. 11), when he made the Big East honor roll… 19-yard TD run at North Carolina (Oct. 14)…22-yard TD run vs. Pitt… Led team with 14 kick returns for 22.6 average.
One of five true freshmen to see time for USF...Played at receiver in all 12 games...Had three catches for 35 yards with a long of 20 vs. Florida A&M (Sept. 10)...Had two catches for 15 yards at Pittsburgh (Oct. 15).
Ranked as the 35th best receiver prospect in the nation by Rivals.com...Also ranked as 45th best prospect in Florida, regardless of position...Ranked 47th top prospect in Florida by Tampa Tribune...Ft. Myers News-Press all-South Florida...All-conference and all-district...Had 24 catches for 258 yards and 10 carries from the receiver position for 96 yards...203 kick return yards, highlighted by a school-record 99-yard TD vs. Barron Collier...Had 58 tackles with three sacks and one interception that went for a TD...Also had four fumble recoveries...As a junior, he had 10 touchdowns...40 receptions for 831 yards, 21 carries for 216 yards and 412 kick return yards...Had 1,459 all-purpose yards...Set school records for yards receiving in a single game (178), long kick return (99), most receptions in a season (40), most receiving yards in a season (831), most career receptions (71) and most career receiving yards (1,128)... Coached by Nick Gasparato.
Born April 13, 1986 in Ft. Myers...Son of Alicia Johnson.