AFL GAMES PLAYED (regular season, playoffs): 2004 (7).
AFL NOTES: After injuries began to deplete the Desperados line last season, the club signed Larrell Johnson from its practice squad on April 8, 2004. Johnson is a big, physical lineman that has experience playing on both sides of the ball, having played along both the offensive and defensive line in college. With almost a half season of AFL experience under his belt, Johnson will look to capitalize on his playing time in 2004 to battle for a spot along the line this spring. Johsnon’s only AFL experience prior to signing with Dallas was during training camp with the Georgia Force in 2004.
AFL 2004: Johnson went to training camp with the Georgia Force but was released prior to the start of the season. He signed to the Desperados practice squad March 17, where he spent three weeks before moving to the active roster on April 8. Johnson made his AFL debut against San Jose (4/10) and was part of an offensive line that allowed Gauntt time to throw six touchdown passes. He helped protect for Gauntt’s career-high 314 passing yard performance at Arizona (4/18) before notching his first tackles of his career (2.5) at Orlando (4/25). On defense, he helped force Aaron Garcia into three interceptions while not surrendering a sack on offense against New York (5/1). He added 1.5 tackles and opened holes for 27 rushing yards at Austin (5/9), then added a half tackle at Chicago (5/16). Against Columbus (5/22), Johnson picked up two more stops – both for losses – while playing on an offensive line that allowed Dreisbach to throw for a team season-high 316 yards. In the season finale against Tampa Bay (5/30), he was part of an offensive line that allowed Dreisbach to throw for 277 yards while not surrendering a sack.
OTHER PRO EXPERIENCE: 2003 – Johnson played with the Charleston Swamp Foxes of af2, totaling 11 tackles, three pressures, two sacks and 1.5 stops for losses. He played the final five games of the season as the team’s offensive specialist.
COLLEGE: 2001 – As a senior captain, Johnson started all 11 games at center and helped lead the Gamecocks to a 9-3 record, including a victory over Ohio State in the Outback Bowl. South Carolina averaged 359.5 yards and 25.8 points-per-game. 2000 – Johnson saw action in 12 games – starting five – at guard and center in helping the Gamecocks to an 8-4 mark – an improvement of eight games from 1999 – with a victory over Ohio State in the Outback Bowl. He played primarily right guard before moving to center late in the season. 1999 – After moving from the defensive line to the offensive line when fall practices started, Johnson played in 10-of-11 games along South Carolina’s offensive line – starting three games at center. 1998 – He came on strong late as a freshman, starting four of the last five games at defensive tackle after not playing in the first four games. He finished with 15 tackles.
PERSONAL: Johnson closed out his prep career with 135 tackles, 12 stops for losses, five interceptions and two sacks as a senior at Robinson High School in Tampa, Fla., to earn SuperPrep All-Forida and class 4A Player of the Year honors. He also rushed for 837 yards and 12 touchdowns as a fullback. The retailing major lettered four times in football and three times in basketball for Robinson.