Toyota Gator Bowl vs. West Virginia
ACC Football Championship - Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest
Georgia Tech vs. Duke - November 18, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina - November 11, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
* 2006 Biletnikoff Award Winner
2006 Unanimous first-team All-America (AFCA, AP, FWAA, Walter Camp, TSN)
* 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year
* All-America, 2005 (AFCA, 1st team; AP, 2nd team; Walter Camp, 2nd team)
* ACC Rookie of the Year, 2004
* First-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference, 2004-2005-2006
* First-team Freshman All-America, 2004
AT TECH: Two-time all-America wide receiver and Biletnikoff Award winner who is one of the nation's most talented and most exciting players . . . Rare combination of size, 4.4 speed, strength, leaping ability (45-inch vertical jump), body control and hand-eye coordination, plus a tremendous work ethic.
One of 48 players in Georgia Tech history to be named a first-team all-America, but one of just six Yellow Jackets, and the first since Marco Coleman in 1990-91, to be a two-time first-team all-America . . . Three-time, first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, the first in Tech history.
In 38 games, he set school records with 2,927 yards receiving and 28 touchdown receptions . . . Caught 178 passes to rank second in Tech history in career receptions . . . Also stands third in the Tech record book in career touchdowns and seventh in career scoring . . . In ACC annals, he is tied for fifth in career TD receptions, eighth in receiving yards and 12th in receptions . . . In his career, he has been responsible for 42 percent of Tech's passing yards and 33 percent of Tech's pass completions, despite constant double teams, and he has caught 28 of the Jackets' 55 touchdown passes during that time . . . In addition to his 178 catches, he has drawn 19 pass interference or defensive holding penalities . . . Career average of 16.4 yards per catch . . . Has a school-record 13 100-yard games.
2006: Winner of the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver . . . Finished 10th in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy . . . Unanimous first-team all-America (AP, AFCA, FWAA, Walter Camp, The Sporting News) . . . Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and a first-team all-ACC selection for the third straight year, including unanimous selection the last two seasons . . . Joins quarterback Joe Hamilton as the only Yellow Jackets to be named ACC Player of the Year . . . Just the second junior in the last 25 years to win the ACC Player of the Year award; the other was Florida State's Charlie Ward in 1992 . . . Also joins Hamilton, the 1999 Davey O'Brien Award winner, as the only Tech players to win a national award . . . Walter Camp Award Top 10 Player to Watch and semifinalist for the Maxwell Award as Collegiate Player of the Year . . . Mid-Season first-team all-America by SI.com and College Football News . . . The No. 1 player in the nation on the "Mid-Season Hot 100" by ESPN.com columnist Bruce Feldman . . .
Tied for second in the nation with a 15 touchdown catches, a Tech record; only Jarrett Dillard of Rice caught more this season and only two players in ACC history have caught more (Clarkston Hines, Duke with 17 in 1989; and Torry Holt, NC State with 16 in 1997) . . . Had a school-record 1,202 yards receiving on 78 catches, the second-best season total in Tech history . . . Caught 15 of Tech's 25 touchdown passes . . . Led the Atlantic Coast Conference in receptions per game (5.4) and receiving yards per game (85.9) . . . Named ACC Offensive Back of the Week three of the first five weeks of the season and four times overall . . . The attention he draws opens up Tech's running game; the Jackets averaged 162 rushing per game (second in ACC).
Had perhaps the best game of his remarkable career against West Virginia in the Toyota Gator Bowl with nine catches for a career-best 186 yards . . . Caught touchdown passes of 31 and 48 yards and set up a third score with a 35-yard catch at the three-yard line.
Opened the season with seven catches for 111 yards against second-ranked Notre Dame, including a four-yard touchdown catch . . . Named Co-ACC Offensive Back of the Week . . . Caught touchdown passes of five and 11 yards, then sat out the second half of Tech's victory over Samford . . . Hampered by a leg injury against Troy but caught two passes and gained 21 yards on a reverse
Had a sensational game in Tech's Thursday night win over Virginia; despite missing the entire week of practice with a leg injury, he had a career-best 165 yards receiving on five catches . . . Caught the two longest touchdown passes of his career at 58 yards and 66 yards, on consecutive plays . . . Named ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the second time this season . . . Also nominated for the Cingular All-America Player of the Week.
Followed with another outstanding game to lead the Jackets to a 38-27 win at 10th-ranked Virginia Tech . . . Had six catches for 115 yards against the Hokies, with touchdown receptions of three and 53 yards on consecutive possessions in the first quarter . . . Named Cingular All-America Player of the Week . . . Selected ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the second straight week and third time on the season . . . His 53-yard touchdown catch, on which he caught a short pass and outraced three defenders for the endzone and a 14-0 Tech lead, was nominated for the Pontiac Game-Changing Performance of the Week.
Added a career-best 10 receptions for 133 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown catch, in Tech's win over Maryland . . . That gave him a total of 22 catches for 413 yards and five touchdowns in a three-game span in which he led the Jackets to wins over Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland . . . His one-yard touchdown catch against Miami was the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter of Tech's crucial ACC win.
Career-best 168 yards receiving on nine receptions in Tech's win at NC State, including two touchdowns . . . Caught touchdowns passes of 25 and 43 yards in the first quarter, then set up the clinching touchdown with a 33-yard reception down to the seven-yard line late in the game . . . Played just one half of Tech's win over Duke but had two touchdown catches of 11 and 19 yards, one of which he set up himself with a 46-yard reception . . . Had eight catches for 117 yards, his sixth 100-yard game of the season, against Wake Forest in the ACC Championship game.
Preseason first-team all-America by The Sporting News and Lindy's . . . The preseason choice as Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year by most publications, including Lindy's, Athlon and The Sporting News, a well as the ACC media. 2006: Preseason choice as ACC Player of the Year, as voted upon by the media the annual ACC Football Kickoff . . . Preseason first-team all-America by The Sporting News and Lindy's . . .
2005: First-team all-America by the American Football Coaches' Association (AFCA) . . . The 48th first-team all-America in Tech history but first since offensive tackle Chris Brown in 2000 . . . Also earned second-team all-America honors from Associated Press and Walter Camp, as well as first-team accolades from Rivals.com . . . The first Tech receiver to earn all-America recognition of any kind since Billy Martin in 1963 . . . Unanimous first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, earning all-ACC honors for the second straight year . . . Semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver . . .
Led Tech with 54 catches for 888 yards and six touchdowns . . . Second in the ACC in receiving yards per game (74.0) and fifth in receptions (4.5) . . . Opened the season with four catches for 66 yards in Tech's victory at 15th-ranked Auburn, highlighted by a 35-yard touchdown catch. Also drew two pass interference calls . . . Caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from backup QB Taylor Bennett on Tech's first play from scrimmage in win over Connecticut . . . Career-high 10 catches for 130 yards, including a 27-yard TD catch, against NC State . . . Had six catches for 89 yards to help Tech to a win at No. 3 Miami . . . Also caught touchdowns against fourth-ranked Virginia Tech, 13th-ranked Georgia and Wake Forest . . . Preseason first-team all-America by Athlon Sports magazine . . . Preseason all-ACC selection by virtually every publication, including Blue Ribbon Football, which predicted him as the ACC Offensive Player of the Year.
2004: Named first-team all-ACC, just the second true freshman in Tech history, and the 11th in league history, to earn first-team all-ACC honors . . . The second straight Yellow Jacket to be named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, following 2003 honoree Reggie Ball . . . Becomes the sixth Tech player so honored . . . First-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News and Rivals.com . . . The Jackets' leading receiver with 48 catches for 837 yards and seven touchdowns, all Tech freshman records . . . Among all-time ACC freshmen, ranks second in receiving yards (853, Koren Robinson, NC State, 1999) and third in receptions (58, Frank Wycheck, Maryland, 1990; 49, Derrick Hamilton, Clemson, 2001) . . . Second in the ACC with seven touchdown catches; also second in receiving yards and third in receptions per game . . . Scored eight touchdowns on the season, also a Tech freshman record.
Second in the nation among freshmen receivers in yards per game despite playing in a run-oriented offense . . . Responsible for nearly one-third of Tech's pass completions and 40 percent of the Jackets' passing yards and had seven of Tech's 17 touchdown catches . . . In addition to his 48 catches, he drew 10 pass interference or defensive holding penalties, including four against Georgia.
Four-time ACC Rookie of the Week (Clemson, Duke, Connecticut, Virginia); no other freshman earned the award more than three times on the season . . . Caught three touchdown passes in Tech's comeback win at 18th-ranked Clemson . . . With Tech the Tigers trailing 24-14, Johnson hauled in two "jump balls," first from eight yards out with 1:50 left and then the game-winner from 11 yards out with just 11 seconds left; also had a spectacular 37-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. . . . Finished with eight receptions for 127 yards against Clemson . . . Season-high 131 yards receiving on just six catches in Tech's win over Connecticut . . . Followed with five receptions for 108 yards against Virginia and was named ACC Rookie of the Week for the fourth time.
Put an exclamation point on his season with a standout game against Syracuse in the Champs Sports Bowl . . . Had just two catches, but both were spectacular . . . Made a diving, 10-yard catch in the end zone for Tech's first touchdown . . . Then had a 51-yard reception, leaping over Syracuse safety Diamond Ferri down the sideline at the Orange 24-yard line . . . Six plays later, he scored on a five-yard reverse . . . Did not play in the second half after sustaining a minor knee injury.
Made two spectacular third-down catches on Tech's game-winning drive against NC State with a one-handed grab on third-and-four and then a leaping catch for 27 yards to give the Jackets first-and-goal at the four; then drew a pass interference penalty for another first down . . . His one-handed grab over the middle on a ball thrown well behind him was selected as the No. 1 Top Play of the Day on ESPN . . . The play was latter tabbed as the No. 2 Top Play for the entire college football season.
Added two touchdown receptions in the Jackets' win over Duke, catching a 20-yard scoring pass from quarterback Reggie Ball and a 13-yard TD pass from tailback P.J. Daniels.
HIGH SCHOOL: One of Tech's most highly publicized signees in recent years . . . Rated among the nation's top 10 wide receivers and top 100 players by virtually every recruiting analyst . . . Tabbed the No. 4 wide receiver and No. 15 player in the nation by TheInsiders.com . . . Named to the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Rivals 100 by Rivals.com, TheInsiders.com Hot 100, the SuperPrep All-America 275 and the Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team . . . Rated the No. 3 player in Georgia, No. 12 in the Southeast and No. 37 in the nation by Rivals.com . . . The No. 7 wide receiver in the nation by SuperPrep . . . First-team all-state selection (Class AAAA) by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . Tabbed to the AJC's preseason Super 11 . . . Caught 40 passes for 736 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior . . . Added 34 receptions for 646 yards and 10 scores as a junior for two-year totals of 80 catches, 1,479 yards and 18 TDs. . . Coached by Rodney Walker at Sandy Creek High.
PERSONAL: Full name is Calvin Johnson . . . Born Sept. 25, 1985 . . . Parents are Calvin and Arica Johnson . . . Majoring in Building Construction.
GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2006 Rec Yds TD LP Pen Rsh Yds TD LP ND* 7 111 1 45 0 Samford* 4 26 2 11 0 Troy* 2 9 0 11 0 1 21 0 21 Virginia* 6 165 2 66 0 Va Tech* 6 115 2 53 0 Maryland* 10 133 1 23 0 Clemson* 0 0 0 0 1 1 -4 0 -- Miami * # 5 68 1 43 1 1 -2 0 -- NC State* 9 168 2 43 0 1 8 0 8 UNC* 3 13 0 18 0 Duke* 5 78 2 46 0 Georgia* 2 13 0 10 0 1 10 0 10 Wake* 8 117 0 26 1 2 -3 0 6 WVU* 9 186 2 48 0 0 0 0 0
TD: 4ND, 5SAM, 11SAM, 57VA, 66VA, 3VT, 53VT, 10MD, 1MIA, 25NCS, 43NCS, 10DU, 19DU, 31WV, 41WV
20+ RECEPTIONS: 45ND, 58VA, 66VA, 53VT, 35VT, 23MD, 20MD, 43MIA, 25NCS, 43NCS, 33NCS, 46DU, 26WF, 31WV, 35WV, 48WV, 32WV
# Completed 7-yard pass to Reggie Ball
2005 Rec Yds TD LP Pen Auburn* 4 66 1 35 2 UNC* 6 114 0 43 1 UConn* 3 75 1 42 0 Va Tech* 5 123 1 59 0 NC State* 10 130 1 27 1 Duke* 4 73 0 24 0 Clemson* 4 46 0 21 0 Wake* 4 98 1 45 0 Virginia* 4 41 0 13 0 Miami* 6 89 0 32 1 Georgia* 2 14 1 12 1 Utah* 2 19 0 11 0
TOUCHDOWNS: 35AU, 42CON, 11VT, 27NCS, 3WF, 2GA
2004 Rec Yds TD LP Rsh Yds TD LP Samford* 2 45 0 29 0 0 0 0 Clemson* 8 127 3 37 0 0 0 0 UNC* 2 45 0 42 0 0 0 0 Miami* 2 10 0 7 0 0 0 0 Maryland* 3 76 0 44 0 0 0 0 Duke* 6 92 2 27 0 0 0 0 Va Tech* 4 51 1 27 0 0 0 0 NC State* 3 47 0 27 1 (-2) 0 _ UConn* 6 131 0 45 0 0 0 0 Virginia* 5 108 0 37 0 0 0 0 Georgia* 5 44 0 10 0 0 0 0 Syracuse* 2 61 1 51 2 12 1 7
TOUCHDOWNS: 37CL, 8CL, 11CL, 20DU, 13DU, 9VT, 10SYR, 5SYR (Rush)
CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS Rec Yds Avg TD LP Pen PG 2004 12-12 48 837 17.4 7 51 10 69.8 2005 12-12 54 888 16.4 6 59 6 74.0 2006 14-14 76 1,202 15.8 15 66 3 85.9 Total 38-38 178 2,927 16.4 28 66 19 77.0
Year Rsh Yds Avg TD LP All-P PG TD 2004 3 10 3.3 1 7 847 70.6 8 2005 0 0 0.0 0 0 888 74.2 6 2006 7 30 4.3 0 21 1,232 88.0 15 Total 10 40 4.0 1 21 2,967 78.0 29
CAREER HIGHS Receptions: 10 vs. NC State, 2005; Maryland, 2006 Receiving Yards: 186 vs. West Virginia, 2006 TD: 3 vs. Clemson, 2004 Long: 59 vs. Virginia Tech, 2005 Rushing Attempts: 2 vs. Syracuse, 2004 Rushing Yards: 21 vs. Troy, 2006 TD: 1 vs. Syracuse, 2004 Long: 21 vs. Troy, 2006
TECH CAREER LEADERS
Career Rec Yards Years Yds 1. Calvin Johnson 2004- 2,927 2. Kelly Campbell 1998-01 2,907
Career Receptions Years Rec 1. Kelly Campbell 1998-01 195 2. Calvin Johnson 2004- 178
Career TD Rec. Years TD 1. Calvin Johnson 2004- 28 2. Kelly Campbell 1998-01 24