Ty Johnson, RB, Maryland
Cumberland, MD | 5090 | 205 | 4.40E | 2018
A smaller, change of pace back with some upper body strength, which allows him to break arm tackles and gain additional yards after contact. He can hit the hole between the tackles but also has the speed to cut it to the outside, making him a tough runner to defend against. Possesses great acceleration and patience, quick burst and top end speed. Has reportedly been timed at 4.38, according to Maryland coaching staff. Has been in a timeshare committee during most of his Terrapins’ career, which may be a key detail on how to use him at the next level. Using him in spurts seems to be the most effective way to maximize his effectiveness. Head coach DJ Durkin said that his approach changed entering his junior campaign, as he took a more professional approach in practice. A versatile player; solid pass-catcher out of the backfield—a return specialist who has averaged over 26 yards per return for his career, including a 100-yard return in 2017—he also averaged over nine yards per carry rushing in 2016, including ten runs of forty yards or more.
2016: Appeared in all 13 games, making eight starts at running back … Led team in rushing yards (1004), rushing touchdowns (6), yards/carry (9.1) and all-purpose yards (1249) … Set the Maryland record for yards/rush attempt (min. 100 att.) with 9.1 y/c, breaking a 55-year-old record … Became just the ninth player in Maryland history to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in a season … Had 10 plays (9 rush, 1 rec) of 40+ yards (all in the last 10 games).
2015: Appeared in all 12 games, totaling 250 rush yards (7.1/carry) and three touchdowns.
High School: A three-year varsity starter on defense, offense and special teams…finished high school career with 4,851 all-purpose yards, 65 touchdowns and 17 interceptions…totaled 3,363 career rushing yards (14.7 yards/carry) and 43 touchdowns … ranked as the number one running back in Maryland by Scout … named 2014 Maryland Consensus All-State … helped lead Fort Hill to a 37-3 record in three seasons, including back-to-back 14-0 state championship seasons as a junior and senior … notched 1,733 rushing yards (14.9 ypc) and 22 touchdowns during senior season … also had 11 receptions for 371 yards and eight touchdowns … on defense, registered 38 tackles, three interceptions and 14 passes broken up during his senior campaign … selected to play for Maryland in the Big 33 Game … coached by Todd Appel.
Personal: Full name is Ty Marquise Johnson … mother is Tracy Johnson … has an older sister, Kiki … first player in more than 20 years from Fort Hill to receive a Division I scholarship … ran a 4.28 hand-timed 40-yard dash in high school … lightly regarded recruit who sent 50 emails/letters a day to college coaches to get noticed … has a passion for cooking and often cooks for the running backs unit.