JSU’s Johnson Chosen For 2009 Senior Bowl

By Tony McClean
Updated: January 10, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Ct. — In the tradition of previous Jackson State football alumni — another Tiger standout will use one of college football’s many all-star games to showcase his skills for the NFL.

Jackson State defensive back Domonique Johnson has officially accepted an invitation to the Under Armour Senior Bowl, bowl officials announced Saturday.

The Senior Bowl is the nation’s most unique football game and football’s premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country’s best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South that are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two NFL teams.

A member of the 2008 BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU All-America team, Johnson was a second-team AP All-American and first team All-SWAC for the Tigers in 2008. He led the team with four interceptions and totaled a league high 13 pass break-ups this season.

The transfer from the University of Missouri helped lead the Tigers to the SWAC Championship in 2007 and back to the conference title game this season. He finished his career with nine interceptions in just two seasons.

A native of Texas City, Texas, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Johnson is the first Tiger to be invited to the Senior Bowl since 2000. That season, defensive back Rashard Anderson and wide receiver Sylvester Morris were invited to play.

Both players would eventually become first round picks in that year’s NFL Draft. Morris was chosen 21st overall by the Kansas City Chiefs. Two picks later, Anderson was tabbed at No. 23 by the Carolina Panthers.

Other prominent JSU players who have been chosen to play in the Senior Bowl include Hall of Famer running back Walter Payton (1975), linebacker Robert Brazile (1975), tight end Jerome Barkum (1972), running back Lewis Tillman (1989), and wide receiver Jimmy Smith (1992).

Johnson, who was the defensive MVP in the 2007 SWAC Championship Game, is regarded by pro scouts as a strong, physical defensive back who’s a solid tackler and a good cover corner. He will play on the South team while in Mobile, which will be coached by the Jacksonville Jaguars staff.

Kickoff for the 2009 Under Armour Senior Bowl is set for 6 pm (CT) on Saturday, January 24 in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game will be televised by the NFL Network.

As of press time, Johnson is the lone HBCU player chosen for this year’s game.

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