Earvin Johnson
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Earvin Johnson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Los Angeles, Calif.

High School:
Cathedral HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 200

Position:
WR

Experience:
3L

* BELITNIKOFF AWARD CANDIDATE *
* 2004 PRESEASON FIRST TEAM ALL-MWC *

UNLV: Arguably the school's most highly publicized high school recruit under John Robinson will be a national honors candidate as a senior ... A talented, big target who goes up and gets the ball in sometimes acrobatic fashion ... On track to become his school's career leader in both receptions and receiving yards ... Heads into season ranked ninth at UNLV and seventh in MWC history with 123 receptions ... Needs 65 in his finale campaign to pass record-holder Damon Williams (187 in 1995-98) ... Also ranks eighth all-time in MWC with 1,809 yards and must pick up 750 to best Williams (2,558) as the program's career leader in that category ... Has caught a pass in 30 straight games and can break Williams' school record of 39 in 2004 ... Named preseason First Team All-MWC by Phil Steele's and second team by Athlon and Lindy's ... Ranked nation's No. 12 WR by Phil Steele's, the No. 18 player in the MWC regardless of position by College Football News and the No. 7 NFL prospect in the league by Lindy's ... Voted "Best Hands in the MWCÓ by Street & Smith's ...

2003: Listed as the nation's 49th best player overall heading into 2003 spring practice by College Football News ... CFN ranked him No. 10 player regardless of position in the MWC as well as nation's No. 6 Rising Star Receiver ... Named Second Team All-MWC by both coaches and media after career highs in both receptions and yards ... Played in 11 of 12 games, missing season opener ... Voted UNLV's Offensive MVP by his teammates following the season ... Ranked 46th nationally with 5.45 RPG and second in the league and 47th in the nation with 75.8 YPG ... Made seven grabs for 108 yards and a score against BYU ... Turned in the best receiving performance of the year with 10 catches for 114 yards at Nevada, Reno ... Caught team-high five balls in win over Hawaii for 84 yards ... Made five catches for 41 yards at Wisconsin, including a pair of acrobatic touchdown snags ...

2002: Named Second Team All-MWC by both media and coaches ... Started nine games and played in 11, missing the Oregon State game because of injury ... Finished third in MWC and 52nd in nation with 72.1 yards per game ... Also finished fifth in league and 56th nationally with 4.64 receptions per game ... Hauled in four touchdowns and two two-point conversions ... Caught eight or more passes in three games and posted three efforts with more than 120 yards ... Averaged six catches for 90 yards vs. MWC opponents ... Turned in career day in upset win at CSU with 12 catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns vs. No. 13 Rams ... The 12 catches tied for the second-most in a game by a Rebel ...

2001: Played in all 11 games as a rookie and finished fifth on team with 12 receptions and ranked fourth with 182 yards ... Made first career grab vs. Northwestern in Game Three ... Caught at least one ball in final eight games ... Most productive effort came in first career start as he totaled three receptions for 34 yards in win over SDSU ... Had season-long 42-yard catch in his second start, a victory at Wyoming ...

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2001 graduate of Cathedral HS ... A three-year letterman as a receiver for the Phantoms ... Listed as the nation's No. 93 recruit overall by Bobby Burton's Rivals100.com and the country's No. 94 recruit by Student Sports magazine ... Orginally committed to Georgia Tech in May 2000 but decided to remain on the West Coast instead ... Listed as the No. 14 receiver prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and the No. 19 wideout overall by Student Sports ... Received four votes in the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West poll ... Honorable Mention member of the Las Vegas Sun's Super 11 football squad ... A PrepStar All-American who was listed as the No. 5 receiver in the West by the magazine ... Totaled 36 receptions for 550 yards and 13 TDs as a senior ... Grabbed 70 balls for 1,620 yards and 29 scores as a junior ... Finished career with 169 catches for 3,000 yards and a state-record 66 TD receptions ... Also a small forward on the school's 2001 league champion basketball squad ...

PERSONAL: Earvin Johnson was born on Dec. 13, 1982, in Bellflower, CA ... The son of Mary and Ronald Johnson ... Has two brothers, Ronald and L.C., and one sister, Mya ... Ronald finished his career as a basketball player at Cal State Los Angeles in 2003 by leading the Golden Eagles in scoring ... Majoring in sociology.

ROBINSON SAYS: "Earvin Johnson is a lot like Keyshawn Johnson: very physical and superb at catching the ball in a crowd. His ability to jump and rebound the football is as good as I have coached. His speed has improved and he is becoming a better deep threat."

JOHNSON'S RECEIVING STATS
YEAR	REC	YDS	AVG	TD	LG
2003	60	834	13.9	4	35
2002	51	793	15.5	4	45
2001	12	182	15.2	0	42
TOTAL	123	1809	14.7	8	45
 
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