2009 - Junior: Played in 53 games, starting 51 ... Was Illinois' everyday catcher, starting 47 games behind the plate ... Was Illinois' regular No. 5 hitter, making 50 of his 51 starts in that spot in the batting order ... Hit .333 overall and .322 in Big Ten play ... Had career highs in every offensive category in 2009 ... His six home runs during Big Ten play ranked fourth in the league ... Led the team with 14 multiple-RBI games and his 16 multiple-hit games were tied for fourth-most ... Threw out 36 percent (18-of-50) of would-be base-stealers ... Named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on March 9 after hitting 6-for-12 (.500) with a go-ahead home run in the first game of the series, five total RBI and three hits in the series clincher at No. 1 LSU ... Had an 11-game hitting streak from March 14-April 3 ... Went 5-for-12 with six RBIs and three runs in Minnesota series ... Went 6-for-14 (.429) in Northwestern series with a homer, seven RBIs and three runs ... Went 5-for-12 (.417) with three RBIs and four runs in Big Ten Tournament ... Played for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League, helping the Honkers to a NWL championship.
2008 - Sophomore: Played in 46 games and started 42 ... Became Illinois' everyday catcher after April 6 at Indiana, starting 27 of the last 29 games ... Hit .306 overall and .337 in Big Ten play ... Had a career-best 12-game hitting streak from April 20-May 5 ... Had six multiple-hit games during that hitting streak ... Led the Big Ten in runners caught stealing (24) with the fewest stolen bases against him among everyday catchers (33), throwing out a whopping 43 percent of would-be base-stealers ... Threw out over half of the runners who attempted steals (17-of-32) against him in Big Ten play ... Tied for fourth in Big Ten in runners picked off (3) ... Ranked sixth on the team with seven multiple-RBI games ... Had a career day in the finale at Indiana, going 3-for-6 with a homer, five RBIs and three runs ... Hit a walk-off home run against Northwestern on May 5 to give Illinois a 10-9 win ... Had a pair of two-hit games in the series against Purdue ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Played for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammates Phil Haig, Craig Lutes and Kevin Manson.
PRIOR TO ILLINOIS
Hit .333 for the Lethbridge Bulls of the Western Major Baseball League in Canada over the summer of 2007 ... Had 18 RBI, 15 runs, eight doubles, two home runs and a triple in 21 games, and threw out 7-of-18 would-be base-stealers ... Hit .333 with 30 RBI, seven doubles, a homer, a .500 on-base percentage and 9-of-12 stolen bases for Prairie Baseball Academy in 2007 ... Led his U-17 team to a national championship by hitting .370 with two homers in the finals.
Born March 15, 1987 ... Parents are Bill and Rhonda Johnson ... Majoring in sociology ... Younger brother, Jay, was drafted by Baltimore in the 25th round of the 2009 MLB Draft but did not sign and now plays at Texas Tech ... Drafted in the 46th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2006 ... Lists Ivan Rodriguez as his favorite athlete ... Earliest baseball memory is the Seattle Mariners winning the American League Divisional Series on Joey Cora's double that drove in Ken Griffey Jr.