Perhaps has enjoyed the quickest depth chart climb of any defensive player over the last two seasons and progress could elevate to an honors candidacy level after move to outside linebacking position during spring drills ... Coaches wanting to take added advantage of athleticism, quickness and strength facilitated relocation to a "stand-up" role among unit's front seven ... Appeared to acclimate to new role and responsibilities in admirable fashion, closing the practice period as the designated starter on one side, opposite Maurice Falls ... Collected a pair of sacks (-10 yards) in first live spring scrimmage on March 31 before tallying a combined three tackles in the second contest (one) and Purple-Gold Game (two) on April 7 and April 14, respectively ... An early (January, 2010) enrollee whose participation in spring workouts two months later helped fuel fall action as a true freshman starter at one of the defensive end slots ... Rates as one of the top performers in the Pirates' strength and conditioning program ... Off-season testing resulted in an "elite" status that included a bench press of 425 pounds, a power clean of 318 pounds, a vertical leap of 34", a broad jump of 9'4 and a 40 time of 4.64.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics 2011: Continued rapid and impressive development process while serving as a starting defensive end for all 12 games ... Finished second among ECU linemen with 39 tackles, including 13 solo hits ... Booked career single-season highs with 5.5 tackles for lost yardage (-20), three sacks (-17 yards) and a trio of quarterback hurries (two/Marshall, one/UAB) ... 5.5 TFL were tied for the most on the squad ... 12.7 percent of career stops are hits behind the line of scrimmage ... Started the season with a TFL in three-straight games and ended the campaign making at least a half stop for lost yardage in the final two contests ... Forced first two fumbles of career, jarring a ball loose against Virginia Tech and UAB ... Tallied the seventh-most tackles on rushing plays of any Pirate with 33 ... Booked a season-high five tackles against North Carolina, UTEP and UCF ... Registered 28 of year's 39 stops during Conference USA games ... Led the team with a pair of sacks during league tilts ... In home contests, paced the squad with 3.5 tackles for lost yardage and two sacks ... Able to sustain productivity throughout the campaign, collecting 18 hits during the first six games and 21 over the final six ... Collected four of game's five tackles at UTEP in the second half ... Lone tackle versus Tulane was a fourth-quarter sack of five yards on Ryan Griffin during the Green Wave's final drive of the contest ... Brought down Houston's Michael Hayes for a five-yard loss in the third quarter, giving him a TFL in four of the season's first five games ... Booked five tackles, all on rushes, against North Carolina, making one hit in each quarter and two in the third ... Matched year best with two solo hits versus the Tar Heels ... Sacked UAB's Bryan Ellis for a loss of six yards in the second frame ... On the same play, forced a fumble, giving Johnson back-to-back contests causing a loose ball after stripping Virginia Tech's David Wilson in the third quarter ... Credited with season's first quarterback hurry in the third quarter against the Blazers, forcing an Ellis incompletion ... Set season high with two solo stops against UAB ... Sacked South Carolina's Connor Shaw for a six-yard loss.
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics 2010: Enjoyed standout true freshman campaign, appearing in 12 games and starting 11 along the defensive line ... Lone contest missed was Tulsa and did not start versus Memphis ... Totaled 40 tackles, 39 on rushing plays, with 15 solo hits and 25 assists ... Booked 4.5 tackles for lost yardage and one sack ... Registered a pair of quarterback hurries ... Started first career game at Virginia Tech after debuting a week earlier against the Tigers ... Made a stop in every game played except Virginia Tech and Maryland ... Booked four or more tackles five times (four/Memphis, seven/North Carolina, six/Southern Miss, nine/N.C. State, five/Navy) ... Recorded at least a half TFL in three of last four games (1.0/UAB, 1.0/Rice, 0.5/SMU) ... Tallied first career sack at UAB, bringing down Bryan Ellis for a five-yard loss in fourth quarter ... Made all five stops (five assists) against Navy in the first three quarters ... Recorded a career-high nine tackles against N.C. State with five in the second quarter ... Tied season high with four solo stops versus the Wolfpack ... Two quarterback hurries of NCSU's Russell Wilson during the first drive of the fourth quarter were the first of career ... Credited with first career solo TFL at Southern Miss, throwing V.J. Floyd for a one-yard loss on the final play of the second quarter ... Booked seven tackles at North Carolina, all after the first quarter ... Established personal best with four solo hits versus the Tar Heels ... Stop of UNC's Johnny White in second quarter was first career solo tackle ... Officially inked with the ECU program during the February signing period, but enrolled in classes a month earlier.
Prep School: Helped Blue Knights and coach Terry Karg to a No. 3 national ranking among the nation's prep schools ... Wyoming Seminary went 7-1 with the only loss being a 7-6 defeat at Poly Prep Country Day ... Part of a defensive unit that held opponents to only 6.8 points per game and posted three shutouts.
High School: Graduated from The Cardinal Gibbons School in Baltimore, Md. ... Tallied 150 tackles as a senior ... Named to the All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association team after final campaign.
Personal: Full name is Derrell Kevin Johnson ... Born March 27, 1990 .... Major is information technologies.