Before Combine: Hgt: 6023, Wgt: 198, 40YD: 4.65-4.74-4.79
Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 08/12/07: #10 QB, #144/750 Overall, Projected: Rnd 4-5 2007: Johnson led the nation in passing efficiency (198.3), total offense (371.4 ypg) and points responsible for (27.4 ppg)…His passing efficiency rating set a new NCAA Championship Subdivision season-record…Also ranks fourth nationally in yards passing per game (298.8 ypg) and 13th in pass completions (20.6 pg)…Set another NCAA season-record, as only 0.332 of his pass attempts (one of 301) were intercepted…Hit on 206 of 301 passes (68.4%) for 2,988 yards and 43 touchdowns…His 43 touchdowns were the fourth-most in a season by an NCAA Subdivision passer…Second on the team with 726 yards and two scores on 101 carries (7.2 avg)…Caught one pass for a 5-yard loss and had both of his punts downed inside the 20-yard line, gaining 66 yards on those two kicks...125 of his 206 pass completions produced first downs, as he helped convert 51-of-99 third-down plays and 7-of-16 on fourth down…Had 42 pass completions for 20 yards or longer…Added 45 first downs rushing, including ten on third-down plays and one more on fourth down…Had ten rushing attempts for 20 yards or longer and 33 for more than 10 yards each…Was sacked eleven times for minus 89 yards, turned the ball over three times on five fumbles and had 24 of his 301 pass attempts deflected by the opposition. 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 107-720-6.7-11; Pass: 371-246-66.3-3320-34-5; All-American, OPOY, 1st team All-Pioneer in '06. 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 86-379-4.4-4; Pass: 371-260-70.1-3256-36-8; First Team All-American in '05. 8 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 13-39-3-0; Pass: 22-12-54.5-135-0-1; Rec: 1-3-3-0; In '04 was backup quarterback to Todd Mortensen and completed 12-of-22 passes for 135 yards.
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04/19/12 - QB Josh Johnson is feeling comfortable already. The free-agent quarterback from Tampa Bay is back with Jim Harbaugh, his college coach at the University of San Diego. Johnson, an Oakland native, wanted dearly to sign with the 49ers to be under Harbaugh's tutelage again.
"I know what's expected here," Johnson said. "Playing for coach Harbaugh for four years, I know how he goes about his business. I know he means what he says."
Johnson also has no qualms about competing for a backup spot knowing that Alex Smith is the unquestioned starter.
"That's just common sense. That's how the NFL works," Johnson said. "Why wouldn't he be (the starter) going into the season? They went to the NFC Championship Game last year."
03/22/12 - QB Josh Johnson signed a two-year deal with the 49ers, joining Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick on the team's depth chart.
On the surface it would appear to be an odd career move for the mobile quarterback, but Johnson played at the University of San Diego for current 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
"Josh is a promising young player that has experience in our offensive system," said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. "He is a skilled athlete with good arm talent. Josh has shown promise in limited action, both as a back-up and starter at the NFL level. We are pleased to add him to our team."
The free agent from Tampa Bay expressed an interest in joining the team last week when San Francisco was courting Peyton Manning and the status of Alex Smith was uncertain. Manning chose Denver, but Smith re-signed with the 49ers and is the incumbent starter.
That didn't stop Johnson from signing and attempting to beat out Kaepernick, a second-round pick in 2011 the team is high on, for the backup job. A fifth-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2008, Johnson has thrown just 177 regular-season passes for 1,042 yards and five touchdowns in four NFL seasons.