Mark Sanchez passed for one touchdown and ran for another
CAREER: He ranks fifth on USC's career kickoff return chart (1,264 yards). His 12 touchdown receptions average 26.3 yards each (315 total yards).
2010: Johnson, a speedy deep receiving threat and dangerous kickoff returner, will look to continue to make a big impact as a wide receiver and returner as a senior in 2010. He missed some of 2010 spring practice because of elbow and wrist injuries.
2009: Johnson missed USC's first 5 games after breaking his left collarbone in 2009 fall camp, but made an impact when healthy as a junior wide receiver and kickoff returner in 2009. Overall while appearing in USC's last 8 games, and starting 5 times (Oregon, Arizona State, UCLA, Arizona, Boston College), he was second on USC with 34 receptions for 378 yards (11.1 avg.) with 3 TDs, plus had a 4-yard rush and returned 13 kickoffs for 264 yards (20.3 avg.).
At Notre Dame in his first action of 2009, he had a 13-yard reception. He then had 6 catches for 99 yards, including stretching out for a 22-yard TD, against Oregon State. He added 3 catches for 28 yards (with a 3-yard score) at Oregon. He had a 13-yard catch at Arizona State, then had a game-high and personal-best 7 catches for 69 yards against Stanford and returned 4 kickoffs for 76 yards. He had 5 catches for 48 yards and returned a kickoff 16 yards versus UCLA and had 5 receptions for 50 yards (with a 16-yard TD) and returned 3 kickoffs for 59 yards against Arizona. He caught 6 passes for 58 yards against Boston College.
2008: Johnson again was a key factor in the wide receiver rotation as a sophomore in 2008. He also returned kickoffs. Overall in 2008 while appearing in all 13 games and starting twice (versus California and Stanford), he had 33 receptions for 570 yards (17.3 avg.) with 8 TDs, plus he returned 14 kickoffs for 380 yards (27.1 avg.), ran 6 times on reverses for 32 yards (5.3 avg.), was 0-of-1 passing and made 3 tackles.
He had 3 catches for 78 yards (with a 49-yard TD) and returned 2 kickoffs for 25 yards for 103 all-purpose yards at Virginia. At Oregon State, he had 3 catches for 44 yards (with a 26-yard TD) and returned 3 kickoffs for 76 yards. He had 2 catches for 78 yards (with a 63-yard TD) along with an 18-yard kickoff return and a 14-yard rush on an end-around against Oregon. He made 3 receptions for 71 yards against Arizona State. He caught 5 passes for 94 yards with a career-best 2 TDs at Washington State. He had a 9-yard catch, a 26-yard kickoff return and a tackle at Arizona. He added 4 receptions for 25 yards, a 13-yard run on a reverse and a 43-yard kickoff return against Washington. He had a 6-yard TD catch against California. At Stanford, he had 2 kickoff returns for 125 yards (75 and 50 yards), a 7-yard run on a reverse, a 2-yard reception and threw an incomplete pass. He had 2 catches for 24 yards, returned a kickoff 9 yards and gained no yards on a reverse against Notre Dame. He added 4 grabs for 57 yards at UCLA. He had 4 catches for 82 yards (including TDs of 19 and 45 yards) against Penn State, plus returned a kickoff 13 yards and ran a reverse for minus 7 yards.
2007: Johnson served as an often-used backup wide receiver and was USC's top kickoff returner as a first-year freshman in 2007. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games, he caught 7 passes for 110 yards (15.7 avg.) with 1 touchdown, ran 4 reverses for 27 yards (6.8 avg.), had a team-best 25 kickoff returns for 620 yards (24.8 avg.) and made 2 tackles. He even started the Washington game (at flanker).
He had a 4-yard reverse run against Idaho, then caught a 4-yard pass at Nebraska and had 2 receptions and a tackle against Washington State. He returned 3 kickoffs for 65 yards at Washington, then had a 47-yard TD catch, an 8-yard run off a reverse and 3 kickoff returns for 61 yards against Stanford. He had 3 kickoff returns for 73 yards and a 6-yard run on a reverse against Arizon, then had a 37-yard kickoff return at Notre Dame and returned 4 kickoffs for 96 yards and had a tackle at Oregon. He returned a kickoff 41 yards against Oregon State, then returned 4 kickoffs for 102 yards (including a 35-yarder out to the 50 to set up a USC TD and a 41-yarder) at California. He had a 33-yard catch and 3 kickoff returns for 94 yards (including a 49-yarder to open the game) at Arizona State and returned a kickoff 17 yards against UCLA. He caught 2 passes for 15 yards and had 2 kickoff returns for 34 yards against Illinois.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2006 honors included EA Sports All-American first team, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Scout.com All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star 100, Rivals.com 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Midwest, Scout.com All-Midwest and Detroit Free Press Fab 50 as a senior at Muskegon (Mich.) High. He had 3 interceptions as a cornerback and 1,600 all-purpose yards as a wide receiver on offense in 2006, including 700 receiving yards on 26 catches (26.9 avg.) with 7 TDs and 347 rushing yards on 30 carries (11.6 avg.) with 4 TDs, 180 yards on 7 kickoff returns (25.7 avg.) and 218 yards on 11 punt returns (19.8 avg.). Muskegon went 14-0 and won the 2006 state championship.
As a junior in 2005, he appeared in just 3 games before suffering torn knee ligaments.
Muskegon also went 14-0 and won the state title in his 2004 sophomore season.
PERSONAL: He's a sociology major at USC.
RONALD JOHNSON ON: His mentality on offense: "Every time I am out there on offense, I feel like I am going to have a big play."
Returning kickoffs: "I just visualize where I think I can end up with it. The defenders are coming at you so fast, you have to take your time...My first though is to hold onto the ball. I am also thinking about getting up field, make guys miss and then I imagine myself in the end zone...Following your lead blocker is key. Then, when you see a crease, hit it quick before it closes. You have to get what you can get first. And then, if you can break, break."
On going from Muskegon to Los Angeles. "Muskegon is a small down and we rarely get anybody going Division I. For USC to come out and see me and then get me was good, not only for me but for our town and the talent we have. I tell a lot of young people back home, `If I can do it, you can do it.'...I try not to get overwhelmed by the position I'm in being at USC. I know it can get taken like that. Sometimes I'm like, `Whoa, I'm here at USC, playing football on scholarship.' But then I say to myself, `Make sure you go to class, do what you have to do and take care of everything on the football field.' I'm just grasping the opportunity that I have."
GAME-BY-GAME WITH RONALD JOHNSON