Versatile two-way talent DJ Johnson announces return to Oregon
One more season.
Or, as DJ Johnson put it, “one last hunt.” The versatile two-way player announced Friday he’s officially coming back for the 2022 season.
— DJ Johnson (@DJThaPredator) January 14, 2022
A former 4-star weakside defensive end in high school, Johnson committed to Miami out of the 2017 class. After a year with the Canes, he transferred to Oregon and sat out the 2018 season. In 2019, he played in 13 games as a defensive end for the Ducks, totaling 14 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, and a forced fumble.
In 2020, the 6-foot-4 Johnson switched over to offense and made appearances in all seven of the Ducks’ games as a tight end. He ended the year with 10 receptions for 113 yards and three touchdowns.
Johnson began the 2021 season as a tight end but when injuries began to take a toll along the defensive line, he moved back over the that side of the ball. Against Ohio State, in the Ducks’ second game of the season, he played both ways, hauling in a catch on Oregon’s final drive and sacking OSU quarterback CJ Stroud on the final play of the game. He finished the 2021 season with 11 tackles and two TFLs in 11 appearances.
It’s unclear what side of the ball new head coach Dan Lanning and his staff will deploy Johnson for his final season, but finding where to use a talented player is a much better problem to have than finding a way to replace him.