Racer gets chance to play in NFL

Just hours after the NFL Draft ended, senior defensive back and return specialist Dontrell Johnson answered his phone.

On the other line was a representative from the Jacksonville Jaguars who was interested in potentially acquiring his skills.

Moments later, Johnson agreed to become a Jaguar, joining former Murray State defensive standout Austen Lane on the squad. Lane was drafted with the 22nd pick of the fifth round in 2010.

Johnson finished last season with return averages of 16.2 yards in punts and 16.5 yards in kicks, while posting one interception for 45 yards, 40 tackles and an OVC-leading 12 pass deflections at the defensive back position.

In 2010, Johnson earned All-American honors, leading the FCS in punt return average (22.8) and returning 16 kickoffs for 323 yards, good for a 20.2-yard average.

Standing at 5-foot, 9-inches and weighing in at 175 pounds, Johnson recorded a 4.47-second 40 yard dash, 10-foot, five-inch broad jump and 37-foot on-half-inch vertical on his March 21 pro day.

The electrifying return man and speedy defensive back garnered attention after playing in the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game on Jan. 16.

Former Racer head coach Houston Nutt selected Johnson to play wide receiver for his East Stars squad, and he did not disappoint, taking a short sideline pass from East quarterback and LSU-standout Jarrett Lee for a huge gain up the sideline, garnering more national attention for Johnson.

Johnson will most likely compete for special teams playing time and blitz-nickel packages for the Jaguars.