PLAYER
Isaiah Johnson
DB #43
Height:
6-1
Weight:
202
College:
Georgia Tech
Hometown:
Columbus, OH
Experience:
2
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 9 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2017 LA 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2016 LA 3 1 1 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2015 DET 6 1 1 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

Second-year safety who earned a spot on the Lions active roster in 2015 after joining the team as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Georgia Tech. Joined TE Casey Pierce (practice squad) and RB Zach Zenner as the only undrafted rookie free agents to make the team in 2015.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Signed by the Lions to the active roster on November 14. 2015.
  • Signed by the Lions to the practice squad on September 6, 2015
  • Released by the Lions on September 5, 2015.
  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 7, 2015.

PRO: Second-year safety who earned a spot on the Lions active roster in 2015 after joining the team as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Georgia Tech. Joined TE Casey Pierce (practice squad) and RB Zach Zenner as the only undrafted rookie free agents to make the team in 2015.

2015: Signed by the Lions to the practice squad following an impressive training camp and appeared in six games, finishing with one special teams tackle.

  • Called up to the active roster and recorded one special teams tackle on the first play of his NFL career in Week 10 at Green Bay (11/15).
  • Inactive in Week 11 vs. Oakland (11/22) and Week 12 vs. Philadelphia (11/26).
  • Saw action on special teams in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/3) and Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13).
  • Saw action on special teams in Week 16 vs. San Francisco (12/27) and in Week 17 at Chicago (1/3).

COLLEGE
Four-year impact player on defense for Georgia Tech, finishing his collegiate career with 51 games played, 275 total tackles (175 solo), three sacks, four forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and six interceptions (93 yards).

2014: Returned from injury as a redshirt senior and saw action in 13 games (12 starts) and earned the team’s Defensive Effort Award. Totaled 72 tackles, ranking fourth on the team, including 51 solo stops and three tackles for loss.

  • Led defense with 10 tackles, including two tackles for loss, and forced and recovered a fumble at Georgia.
  • Recorded one interception, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and had a team-high five pass defenses in Tech’s 49-34 Orange Bowl win over Mississippi State on New Year’s Eve.
  • Had three solo tackles vs. Florida State in the ACC Championship Game.

2013: Redshirted due to a season-ending injury.

2012: Led the team in tackles as a junior with 87 (53 solo) and one sack. Started the first 13 games of the season before suffering an injury that sidelined him for the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Also finished the season with one sack and one interception that was returned for a touchdown.

  • Had an interception, fumble recovery and four tackles in the second week of the season at Middle Tennessee State.
  • Registered an interception to go with seven tackles in key home win vs. North Carolina.
  • Matched a career high with nine tackles and had one sack vs. Utah.

2011: Started all 13 games at safety and tied for the team lead in interceptions with three (10th in ACC). Ended the season with 78 tackles (48 solo), three tackles for loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and three pass defenses.

  • Had an interception, fumble recovery and four tackles in the second week of the season at Middle Tennessee State.
  • Registered an interception to go with seven tackles in key home win vs. North Carolina.
  • Matched a career high with nine tackles and had one sack vs. Utah.

2010: Led all Georgia Tech freshmen with 46 total tackles (28 solo) and concluded his first season of college football with one sack, two fumble recoveries, one interception, one forced fumble and one pass defense.

  • In his first career game vs. South Carolina State, forced a fumble and made four tackles.
  • Grabbed his first career interception and returned it 18 yards vs. Middle Tennessee State.

PERSONAL
Earned all-state, all-region and all-county honors as a safety in 2009 at Sandy Creek (Ga.) High School. Led his school to a state championship in 2009 and broke the school records for single-season and career interceptions.

  • Member of the academic honor roll at Sandy Creek.
  • Graduated from Georgia Tech with a master’s degree in building construction.
  • Son of Nathan and Dominica. Has three siblings, Aaron Smith, Tyler Smith and Sierra Johnson.

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