Former Wolverine works hard for NFL dream
Dec 01, 2017 08:00AM
● By Greg James
Former Hunter Wolverine and Weber State linebacker Trevon Johnson (#23) goes low to tackle the South Dakota quarterback. (Weber State Athletics)
A Hunter High School graduate is chasing his dream of playing in the National Football League.
The Wolverines class of 2012 included Trevon Johnson an all-region running back and safety on the football team, basketball star and basketball player.
His senior season he had 98 rushing attempts for 633 yards and 11 touchdowns. He earned 5A Honorable Mention status and signed a letter of intent to play college football at Weber State University.
“When Weber came along it was like a dream come true. I signed and away I went,” Johnson said as he prepared for the NFL draft earlier this year. “I told Coach Hill (the head coach at Weber State) that I wanted to play at the next level. He told me to move to linebacker and that is when it all changed for me.”
As a freshman at Weber, Johnson saw action in all 12 games. He recorded 38 tackles and had a season high 10 tackles in the team’s season-ending victory over Idaho State.
During his sophomore year for the Wildcats, he started 11 games and earned Big Sky Academic All-Conference honors in business.
As a junior, Johnson was selected as one of the team captains and continued his onslaught of opponents offenses. He finished sixth in the Big Sky with 6.5 sacks and was named to the second team All-Big Sky.
His statistics accumulated, and in his four-year career at Weber State he recorded 258 tackles; was a two-time captain; and named to the All-Big Sky team twice. He was also selected to play in the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in preparation for the NFL draft.
“Weber State has really gone after the good players in Utah and Coach Hill is not afraid to go after good players from out of state. Weber is a top-notch school. I am glad I got an opportunity,” Johnson told ESPN 700 in an interview before the draft.
The Collegiate Bowl is a post-season, all-star game for draft-eligible college football players. The week-long experience provides players with the chance to showcase their game to NFL scouts and coaches.
Johnson’s all-star team lost the bowl game 27-7, but he ended up with six tackles; one for a loss. His participation in the game garnered attention of many of the scouts in attendance. He said 13 teams contacted him after that game.
At his NFL pro-day (the NFL version of an audition or job interview) he ran a 4.5 second 40.
Although he seemed to gather positive comments from NFL executives on draft day he never heard his name. He was signed as a free agent by the Arizona Cardinals.
Johnson played in four of the five Cardinals pre-season games. He had 12 tackles, one for a loss. In the final pre-season game, he made a hard tackle and felt dazed. He continued to play but does not remember much of the rest of the game.
Before the NFL opening weekend, the Cardinals released Johnson with an injury settlement. After a medical clearance, he was signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.
“Never give up, people will always doubt you, but you should always believe in yourself. Hard work is what will get you to your goals,” Johnson said.
He continues his pursuit of an NFL career. As a practice squad player, he practices with the team and can pursue positions with other NFL teams.