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"Up Close" with Jamere Johnson


Experience is one thing that Florida Atlantic’s defensive line has and that can be due to a player like Jamere Johnson. A redshirt-junior, Johnson has played in 20 games throughout his career and has accounted for 25 career tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss while playing the defensive end position. Projected to contend for a starting position in 2010, Johnson will also see time on special teams.

Johnson enjoyed his best game as an Owl last season at home against Middle Tennessee State, in which he was credited with three tackles and a quarterback hurry. Since redshirting his freshman year, Johnson is now up to 6’4” and 240 pounds.

A graduate of Tampa's Wharton High School, Johnson earned the Ironman of the Year award during his senior year producing 72 tackles and 10.5 sacks his senior season. He chose the Owls over other offers from UCF, Southern Miss and FIU while in the recruiting process.

Johnson recently sat down with us for “Up Close”.

Quick Hits

What is your favorite food?

“Chicken wings.”

What is your pet peeve?

“Someone waking me up out of my sleep.”

Who is your current off the field role model?

“Jeff Johnson, my dad. Because he is hard working, works hard for his family, does what he needs to do and is a good man.”

What are you most proud of?

“My team FAU. I’m proud to be part of the team.”

What is your major?

“Sociology and a Business Administration minor. I want to teach through that degree.”

What is your Faith?


Line of scrimmage

What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?

“My speed and quickness, and my footwork.”

What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?

“Strength, Coach Payne has been pushing me hard.”

Down the field

Besides football, what brought you to FAU?

“I like the atmosphere down here. Staying in the hotel during my visit, and seeing all the boats, yachts and mansions, I had never really seen anything like it.”

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

“Win the conference and go to a bowl game and win that.”

What game are you looking forward to the most next season?

“All of them but mostly USF. I’m from Tampa and I got some high school teammates that play for USF, Joel Miller, Rony Delisca and Andreas Shields.”

What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?

“I like to play basketball and shoot around. I played in high school as a power forward.”


Coming up, our next player competed at the state level in shot put and discus.


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