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Texas LB Gary Johnson named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

The Longhorns senior leader has been named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

NCAA Football: Southern California at Texas Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After headlining the Texas Longhorns defensive efforts in a 37-14 win over No. 22 USC, senior linebacker Gary Johnson has been honored as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

After Texas allowed 14 quick first-quarter points to the Trojans, Johnson helped pave the way for a shutout throughout the final three quarters. Johnson finished second on the team with six total tackles, and led the Longhorns with four tackles for loss, in addition to one sack, one forced fumble, and one quarterback hurry.

His contributions can largely be credited for Texas’ limiting USC’s ground game to minus-five yards on 16 attempts.

Monday’s recognition marks the second time Johnson has earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Through three games, Johnson has amassed 14 total tackles, which is good for fifth-best on the team. He leads the Longhorns with 5.0 tackles for loss.