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Jonathan Johnson has been to every level of kicking and punting. Started out at Grace Brethren High School where he was 2nd Team All State selection as well as 1st Team All-Delphic League and 1st team All-Ventura County. After high school he attended Ventura College where he excelled at both his kicking and punting duties and was honored by 1st Team All-Conference Punter and 2nd Team All-Conference Kicker. After this season he transferred to College of the Canyons. He became the first combo specialist in school history and set records for season average per punt, and most points in a game for a kicker. He was honored for these accomplishments with post season honors of 2nd Team JC Gridwire All- American, 1st Team All-State, and 1st Team All Conference. After this record breaking season he was being sought after by many different Division 1 colleges, he later signed with Arizona State. At ASU he became an immediate contributor to the Sun Devils special teams. He helped improve their net punting from 28.6 yards to 39.8 yards. This is a PAC-10 record for improvement in one season. He was named 2nd Team All PAC-10 as a junior.
ASU: Former junior college transfer that saw action at punter and holder during the past two seasons…greatly helped ASU’s special teams efficiency, especially as a junior when he enabled the Sun Devils to showcase the most dramatic net punting improvement in the Pac-10 Conference (30.3 in 2005 to 37.2 in 2006)…appeared in all 26 games during the 2006 and 2007 seasons…averaged 40.3 yards on 79 career punts…forced 12 fair catches and placed 18 punts inside the 20-yard line…did not have a punt blocked during his Sun Devil career…was listed as a member of the preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award, presented annually to the nation’s top punter.
2007: Appeared in all 13 games…was ASU’s main punter early in the season and served as holder for 2007 Lou Groza Award winner, placekicker Thomas Weber during the entire year…averaged 37.7 yards on 25 punts on the year, placing six inside the 20-yard line and forcing three fair catches…averaged 41 yards on two punts against San Jose State in the season opener on Sept. 1…punted eight times for a 37.9-yard average against Colorado on Sept. 8…averaged 40.7 yards on three punts with a long punt of 53 yards against San Diego State on Sept. 15…punted six times for an average of 40.7 yards with a long punt of 48 yards against Oregon State on Sept. 22…averaged 31.8 yards on four punts with a long punt of 34 yards at Stanford on Sept. 29…was ranked as the No. 3 punter in the Pac-10 Conference by Rivals.com.
2006: Appeared in all 13 games in his first season with the Sun Devils as ASU’s top punter…totaled 2,241 yards on 54 punts (41.5 avg.)…led ASU to finish second in the Pac-10 in net punting…placed 12 punts within opponents’ 20-yard line, while forcing nine fair-catches…had zero blocked punts…was able to gain consistent hang-time with excellent power and distance….had a long punt of 65 yards at Oregon State….averaged 49.2 yards on four punts, with a long of 58 yards and dropped two inside the Lumberjack 20-yard line against Northern Arizona on Aug. 31…placed two of three punts inside the Buffalo 20-yard line at Colorado on Sept. 16…averaged 41.9 yards on seven punts, with a long punt of 53 yards, placing two inside the Golden Bear 20-yard line at No. 21 California on Sept. 23…averaged 43.2 yards on four punts against No. 12 Oregon on Sept. 30…had a 55-yard punt at Washington on Oct. 28…averaged 45.3 yards on six punts, with a season-best 65-yarder, placing one inside the Beaver 20-yard line at Oregon State on Nov. 4…averaged 44.3 yards on six punts, with a long punt of 56 yards, against UCLA on Nov. 18…averaged 49.0 yards on four punts, placing two inside the Warrior 20-yard line in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl against Hawai’i on Dec. 24.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: A 2006 graduate of the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif…played with fellow Sun Devil newcomers Troy Nolan and Justin Tryon…played on the 2004 JC Gridwire National Championship team…College of the Canyons qualified for the Southern California Championship game in 2005…first noticed by ASU at the Chris Sailer kicking national competition in Las Vegas…listed as No. 5 among all 2006 punters on Chris Sailer’s rankings…earned All-Western States Conference first-team honors…averaged 37.8 yards on 38 punts at College of the Canyons in 2005…also converted six-of-12 field goals (long of 48 yards) and 55-of-64 extra points…also registered four tackles…attended Ventura College as a freshman and averaged 40.2 yards on 68 punts…net average was 36 yards…booted nine-of-13 field goals, including two game winners and a long of 49 yards…collected 12 tackles…earned honorable mention All-Western States Conference honors.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2004 graduate of Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley, Calif…made second-team All-C.I.F. Division XIII and was all-county as a kicker and punter…made the All-Delphic League first-team as a kicker and a punter…collected 64 tackles and seven interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns, on defense…also returned an interception 106 yards, the third-longest in state history…rushed 124 times for 904 yards and 10 touchdowns…averaged 39.8 yards per punt and sported a net of 33 yards…75 percent of his kickoffs were touchbacks…was four-of-eight on field goals with a long of 52 yards…earned first-team All-Miramonte League at 189 pounds in wrestling…made the all-county team…earned second-team All-Miramonte League in track and field with a hurdles time of 15.7 and a 100-meters time of 11.2…made all-county in hurdles…lettered three times in football, twice in track, twice in soccer and twice in wrestling.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in business and would like to persue a career as a real estate broker…parents are Paul (real estate broker) and Sandra (school supervisor) of Simi Valley, Calif…has two sisters, Jessica (26) and Celeste (12)…hobbies include surfing, weightlifting and backpacking…born June 11, 1986 in Honolulu, Hawaii…full name is Jonathan Isaiah Johnson.