Non-AQ Top 25 Players: No. 5

March, 15, 2011
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No. 5 Tejay Johnson, S, TCU

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AP Photo/Jack DempseyTejay Johnson leaves behind large shoes to fill in the Horned Frogs' defense.
There are obvious leaders of a football team, and there are the less subtle. Tejay Johnson falls into the less subtle category, but that does not make him any less of a leader. In fact, Johnson has been one of the most valuable players for the Horned Frogs over the course of the last two record-breaking seasons.

Coach Gary Patterson prides himself on his defense. He needs somebody savvy enough to be his eyes and ears on the field, and that role has fallen to Johnson, the quarterback of the No. 1 ranked defense in the nation for three straight seasons. He was the one who put his teammates into position to succeed on the field, and garnered the respect of players and pundits nationwide.

Johnson was a finalist for the Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive back. He also received consensus All-America honors and was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection.

His is the biggest hole to fill on the defense, by far.

No. 6 G.J. Kinne, QB, Tulsa

No. 7 Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State

No. 8 Damaris Johnson, WR/KR/PR, Tulsa

No. 9 Chris Carter, DE, Fresno State

No. 10 Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State

No. 11 Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii

No. 12 Jeremy Kerley, WR/KR/PR, TCU

No. 13 Vai Taua, RB, Nevada

No. 14 Titus Young, WR, Boise State

No. 15 Bryant Moniz, QB, Hawaii

No. 16 Dontay Moch, DE, Nevada

No. 17 Dwayne Harris, WR/KR, East Carolina

No. 18 Chad Spann, RB, Northern Illinois

No. 19 Reggie Rembert, CB, Air Force

No. 20 T.Y. Hilton, WR/KR, FIU

No. 21 Eric Page, WR/KR, Toledo

No. 22 Jake Kirkpatrick, C, TCU

No. 23 Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

No. 24 Bobby Rainey, RB, Western Kentucky

No. 25 Roosevelt Nix, DT, Kent State

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