Feb. 19, 2010
By Christian Edwards
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - New York Giants tight end Darcy Johnson had a solid 2009 season as he played in 13 games with a career-high four starts. His season was highlighted in week five against the Oakland Raiders. Johnson finished the game with three receptions for 26 yards. He was placed on injured reserve at the end of the season.
Since entering the league in 2006 as a rookie free agent, Johnson has played in 30 games with the New York Giants. He missed all of the 2007 season due to a knee injury. Johnson's most productive year as a pro was in 2008 where he appeared in all 16 regular season games, including two starts. He also appeared in the Giants' NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Johnson scored his first career touchdown on his first career reception November 16th against the Baltimore Ravens. He became the first Giants' player to score a touchdown on his first career reception since tight end Marcellus Rivers did it on September 10, 2001 against the Denver Broncos. Johnson finished the 2008 season with four receptions for 46 yards and two touchdowns.
Johnson graduated from Palatka High School in 2001. As a senior, he finished the season with 30 receptions for 611 yards and nine touchdowns. His performance garnered him all-state, all-county, and all-district honors. Johnson played in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game and was rated the No. 60 prospect in the state of Florida by the Orlando Sentinel.
After an all-state career at Palatka High, Johnson played at UCF from 2001-2005, and started 35 of the 48 games he played in. Johnson redshirted him freshman season in 2001. He saw his first action in 12 games in 2002, and contributed mostly on special teams. Johnson's first career reception came against Kent State, and was a touchdown. In 2003, Johnson started at tight end and finished the season with 14 receptions for 238 yards and three touchdowns. He led the team with a 17.0 yards per reception average. Johnson started 10 of the 11 games he played in 2004, and registered 30 receptions for 244 yards. As a senior, he recorded 36 receptions for 435 yards and was selected to the 2005 All-Conference USA Second team. Johnson finished his collegiate career with 81 receptions for 919 yards and six touchdowns.
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