49 Dionte Johnson

Dionte Johnson Ohio State
usa United States
Columbus, OH
High School
Current Team
Ohio State
2004, 2005

Weight: 250 (2005), 220 (2004)

2005 Media Guide: Lettered last year as a true freshman, playing in six games and starting at Michigan State … bruising fullback who blocks and runs with equal aplomb … tenacious blocker and a powerful runner who is always lunging forward for additional yardage … has tremendous leg drive and is a load in short yardage and goal-line situations … also a sure-handed receiver … goes into the season as the backup to Brandon Schnittker, but will see a lot of playing time … has a chance to take his place alongside some of the great fullbacks ever to play at Ohio State.

2004: Made a favorable impression early and wound up playing in the final six games of the season … had four carries for 10 yards and quickly became a crowd favorite with his determined running … carried the ball twice against Indiana for nine yards and had solo carries against Michigan State and Michigan … also reeled in two passes for five yards, one against the Spartans and the other against the Wolverines.

High School: One of two players in this year’s freshman class whose father was a standout player for the Buckeyes … his father, Thomas “Pepper” Johnson, earned first-team All-America honors at Ohio State in 1985 at linebacker before going on to a brilliant professional career … Dionte was a star in his own right in high school, earning first-team All-Ohio honors as a senior … has outstanding speed for a fullback and is a tough, punishing blocker … in one of the more unusual position switches, he played center as a junior before being switched to fullback for his final season (not unlike former Ohio State All-American Steve Luke who began his career at center and was switched to cornerback where he earned All-America honors) … rated the 22nd best fullback in the nation by Prep Football Report … SuperPrep rated him as one of the top 70 overall prospects in the Midwest … won the Columbus city wrestling championship as a junior at the 215-pound weight class.

Personal: Is the son of Pepper Johnson and Monica Hawkins … his father is an assistant coach with the 2004 Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDTgtRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLng2 Pt ConvFumLost
2004Ohio State614102.50NA252.5050NANA