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Two-year letterman from Waco, transferred to Baylor from Navarro (Texas) College... 24 career games played, 14 career starts... Played on back-to-back bowl winning teams, first time at Baylor since 1985-86... Led 2010 Navarro squad to 11-1 record and NJCAA national title... Local product from Waco High School... Older brother Antonio starred at linebacker for BU from 2007-10.
2012 (Senior): Starter in 12 of 13 games on interior defensive line as senior... Totaled 18 tackles (one for loss), two breakups, one QB hurry and one forced fumble on season... Started first three games at defensive tackle, played as reserve in season's fourth game, started final nine games at nose guard... Made at least one tackle in 10 of 13 games played... Made career-high three tackles (all assisted) and QB hurry in win at ULM in third game... Matched career-high of three stops (career-best three solo) in fourth game at No. 9 West Virginia... Again tied career-mark with three tackles (all assisted) and had one breakup at Texas in sixth game... Totaled 13 of season's 18 tackles in five-game stretch from third game to seventh game... Made 9-yard tackle-for-loss and forced fumble in win over Kansas in eighth game.
2011 (Junior): Played in 11 of 13 games, making two starts at defensive tackle... Totaled eight tackles (five solo), including 1.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sack... Saw first FBS collegiate action in second game vs. Stephen F. Austin, did not record any stats... Had two tackles in third game vs. Rice and ninth game at Kansas... Started sixth game at Texas A&M (no stats)... Tallied one tackle in game eight win vs. Missouri... Started in upset win over No. 5 Oklahoma in 10th game, had two tackles... Made one stop in Valero Alamo Bowl win over Washington.
2008-2010 (Navarro College): Played two seasons at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, under head coach Nick Bobeck... Played in 2010 and 2009 seasons after redshirting in 2008... Rated nation's No. 3 interior offensive lineman by JCGridiron.com... Led 2010 Navarro squad to 11-1 record and NJCAA national championship... Earned 2010 first-team All-SWJCFC honors as offensive lineman.
High School: Prepped at nearby Waco High School under head coach Johnny Tusa... Helped Waco to 9-2 mark and DII bi-district finals as senior in 2007... Credited with 76 pancakes as junior on WHS 13-3 DII state runner-up squad.
Personal: Son of David and Pamela Johnson... Full name is Nickolas Ryan Johnson... Born Oct. 6, 1989, in Waco, Texas... Younger brother of former Baylor All-Big 12 linebacker Antonio Johnson... Expected to graduate in August 2013 with a degree in general studies.