Name: Quinten Johnson
Weight: 198 lbs.
High school: Washington (DC) St. John’s
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #23
Last year: I ranked Johnson #68 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He redshirted.
TTB Rating: 79
Johnson suffered an unfortunate knee injury in 2019, which cut off any arguments about whether he would see time in the defensive backfield.
The debate about his position can continue, though. His listed weight of 198 pounds is still light for Viper, but there were questions about whether he would stick at safety or end up playing the hybrid outside linebacker/safety position. I think he will play safety, and he’s listed as a defensive back. Senior Brad Hawkins and sophomore Daxton Hill are entrenched as the starting safeties, so Johnson has a chance to work in with the second unit so he could potentially take over Hawkins’s job in 2021. I think some of the older players will maintain their leg up, especially since Johnson didn’t have much of a chance to develop in 2019, but we should at least see him on some special teams this year.
Prediction: Backup safety, special teamer
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