Duke Football BIO
42 Dezmond Johnson
CAREER: Lettered four (2011-12-13-14) seasons … played in 48 career games with 14 starting assignments … finished career with 85 tackles, 16.5 tackles for lost yardage (-70 yards) and 7.5 sacks (-35 yards) … credited with 10 quarterback pressures, two pass breakups and two fumbles recoveries … booked a career-high 1.5 sacks against Virginia Tech (2014) … turned in a personal-best 2.0 tackles for lost yardage against Wake Forest (2011), Troy (2013) and Syracuse (2014) … on the field for 1,655 career snaps.
2014: Played in 10 contests and started eight at defensive end ... missed the Tulane, Miami and Georgia Tech games due to injury … returned to starting role at Syracuse ... recorded 20 tackles with 5.5 hits for lost yardage and 2.5 sacks … added one pass breakup and one quarterback pressure … placed fourth on the squad with 5.5 TFL … booked a season-high six tackles to go along with a year-best 1.5 sacks against Virginia Tech … tied career high with 2.0 TFL at Syracuse … turned in four games with three or more tackles, against Elon, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Virginia Tech … on the field for 457 snaps.
2013: Academic All-ACC selection ... played in all 14 games ... carded 22 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, four quarterback pressures, two fumble recoveries and one pass breakup ... had a season-high four tackles in the win over Navy ... against Troy, posted two tackles for loss including one sack ... fumble recoveries came in each of the first two weeks of the year in victories over N.C. Central and Memphis ... had two or more tackles in eight games ... on the field for 452 snaps.
2012: Academic All-ACC selection ... played in 12 games with four starts ... missed the North Carolina week due to injury ... starting assignments came against N.C. Central, Memphis, Wake Forest and Virginia ... finished the year with 23 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and three QB pressures ... posted a season-high seven tackles against Clemson ... had five total games with three or more tackles ... sacks came against FIU, N.C. Central and Clemson ... on the field for 377 total plays with a season-high 60 snaps at Wake Forest.
2011: Academic All-ACC selection ... played in all 12 games with two starts ... received starting assignments against Georgia Tech and North Carolina ... posted 20 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack and two QB pressures on the year ... had a season-high four tackles at Virginia ... logged three tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack, versus Wake Forest ... also had three stops against FIU and Georgia Tech ... on the field for 369 total snaps, including a season-high 59 at North Carolina.
2010: Did not see game action.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Lettered two seasons at Overton Comprehensive High School under coach Terry Anderson ... tabbed as the 15th-best overall prospect in Tennessee by Rivals.com ... All-Dixie Region choice by SuperPrep ... helped team to an 8-4 record and state playoff berth in 2009 ... as a senior, posted 71 tackles, 18 quarterback sacks and three fumble recoveries ... earned Defensive MVP honors from the Metro Coaches Association ... tabbed District 12-AAA Most Valuable Defensive Lineman following senior season ... named to the 2009 Dream Team by The Tennessean ... carded 64 tackles with 10 sacks in junior campaign ... received all-region honors as a junior ... also lettered in basketball ... named all-district on the hardwood ... participated in the second annual Toyota Tennessee All-Star Classic on December 12, 2009, in Jefferson City, Tenn., helping the West squad to a 16-13 win.PERSONAL: Son of Carol and Joe Johnson ... born March 11, 1992 ... graduated from Duke on May 11, 2014, with a degree in cultural anthropology.