2013 Kentucky Wildcats Football Preview: Meet #51 Tristian Johnson/ #52 Patrick Graffree

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Aug 5, 2011; Lexington, KY USA; Kentucky Wildcats helmet and football sit on the field during media day at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

#51 Tristian Johnson, DT

Class: Senior

Hometown: LaGrange, GA

High School: LaGrange

Height / Weight: 6-1/277


As a senior in high school, Johnson tallied 97 tackles with 11 tackles for a loss as a defensive end. LaGrange finished the year 11-3 and made it to the state semifinals. During his junior year he had 79 tackles with 10 for a loss. Johnson is among the list of LaGrange graduates to play at UK, including: Wesley Woodyard, Randall Burden, and DeMoreo Ford. He also played outfielder for his high school baseball team.


After redshirting his freshman season, Johnson saw limited playing time the following seasons as a defensive tackle. During his sophomore season, Johnson only played in two games due to a shoulder injury. Last season, Johnson replaced Mister Cobble for a game and was made a permanent starter through nine games. He finished with 27 tackles and one touchdown return after a forced fumble. Johnson is looking to play a big role this season with the experience he offers.

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