#90 Ethan Johnson
CAREER: Strong and talented defensive lineman who played defensive end as freshman in Notre Dame[apos]s 3-4 defensive scheme and slid inside to defensive tackle as sophomore in 4-3 defense run … moved back to defensive end in Bob Diaco[apos]s 3-4 defense last fall … has played in all 38 games in his Notre Dame career and started 28 contests, including all 13 in 2010 … totaled 83 tackles including 17.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks … active leader on the Irish in sacks … second among active players in tackles for loss, second in tackles for loss yardage and second in sacks yardage (trails only Darius Fleming in those categories) … added five pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
2010 (JUNIOR): Saw action in all 13 games in 2010 … one of 11 players to start all 13 games for the Irish this season … joined LB Darius Fleming, CB Gary Gray, DE Kapron Lewis Moore, S Harrison Smith, ILB Manti Te[apos]o and CB Darrin Walls as the only players on the defensive side of the ball to start all 13 games … totaled 34 tackles on the season, including six tackles for loss (21 yards), five of which were for sacks (19 yards) … ranked second on the team in sacks and fourth in tackles for loss … tallied two sacks and three total tackles in the season-opening victory over Purdue … collected three tackles against both Michigan and Michigan State … registered one solo stop against both Stanford and Boston College … posted three tackles against Pittsburgh … posted a season high of five stops, including one and a half sacks and a fumble recovery against Western Michigan … registered three tackles, including one for loss versus Navy … recorded three tackles, one and a half for loss and one and a half sacks and a pass breakup against Tulsa … recorded tackles for loss in three straight games (Western Michigan, Navy and Tulsa) … made a pair of tackles in the victory at USC to close the regular season … collected three assisted tackles in the Hyundai Sun Bowl victory over Miami (Fla.) … totaled 674 snaps on defense, the second most of any Irish defensive lineman.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Moved to defensive tackle in Notre Dame[apos]s 4-3 defensive alignment and appeared in all 12 games while starting 11 contests (did not start against Navy) … led Irish with four sacks and tied for third on team with six and a half tackles for loss … ranked ninth on team with 32 tackles and added one pass breakup, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick … very active at Michigan, recording four tackles including one tackle for loss … tallied three tackles against Michigan State and also recorded first blocked kick of career … blocked Spartans[apos] extra-point attempt with 1:24 remaining in third quarter to help preserve three-point victory … it was first blocked kick recorded by Irish since Trevor Laws blocked field goal at Stanford in 2007 season finale … at Purdue registered first career fumble recovery on final drive to secure Notre Dame[apos]s victory … had terrific all-around performance against Washington, totaling five tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and forced one fumble … tallied three tackles with one and a half tackles for loss and one and a half sacks against Washington State in Alamodome … recorded career-high six tackles in home finale against Connecticut, including one and a half tackles for loss and one sack … notched three tackles in season finale at Stanford … earned 262:54 of playing time and made 51 special-teams appearances.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Played in all 13 games for the Irish, including four starts (vs. Purdue, Washington, Boston College and Hawai[apos]i) … had a sound rookie campaign for the Irish compiling 18 total tackles (nine solo, nine assists) and dropping five ball-carriers for a loss … also added 3.5 sacks and hurried quarterbacks two other times … tied for team-high honors in sacks … his first career tackle came against San Diego State in the season- opening victory … recorded his first two career pass break-ups against Michigan State … became Notre Dame[apos]s third freshman to start on the year vs. Purdue … tallied two tackles (both assists) and had a quarterback hurry against the Boilers … registered his second career start at Washington and tallied a tackle (assist) and sack … against Boston College, he started for the third time and tallied two tackles (solo, assist) and a tackle for loss vs. the Eagles … was a bright spot in the defensive line rotation vs. USC … tallied five tackles and a sack in the regular-season finale against the Trojans … finished his rookie season with a solid performance vs. Hawai[apos]i in Notre Dame[apos]s bowl game … tied for the team high with two sacks, adding to Notre Dame[apos]s eight team sacks against the Warriors … logged 154:35 of playing time with 16 special-teams appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Chosen to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio but could not due to injury … touted by Rivals.com as the top player in the Pacific Northwest … named to the Orange County Register[apos]s Fab 15 team as one of he top 15 players in the western U.S. … suffered a sprained knee in the first game of his senior season that caused him to miss the remainder of the season … totaled 83 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior … earned second-team all-state honors from The Oregonian following junior year … named first-team all-conference as a junior and defensive player of the year for his conference following junior campaign … played defensive tackle as a sophomore and junior when he had 24 combined sacks before switching to defensive end as a senior in a newly implemented 3-4 defense … Lincoln registered a 21-3 record during his sophomore and junior seasons … labeled by Rivals.com as the top player in Oregon and the second-best defensive end in the nation … rated the 26th-best prospect by Sports Illustrated/TAKKLE.com … ranked the 32nd-best player in his class by Tom Lemming and CSTV as well as Rivals.com … Scout.com considered him the 49th-best player in the nation, the top player in Oregon and fourth-best defensive end prospect … also participated in track and field for the Cardinals … won the shot put at the Portland Interscholastic League meet and placed sixth at the state meet … spent the summer after both his sophomore and junior years working as an intern in a Portland law firm … played football for coach Chad Carlson at Lincoln … born Dec. 18, 1989 … son of Daniel and Rita Johnson … enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in finance.
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