Oregon safety Tysheem Johnson announces decision to return to Ducks for 2024 season

On3 imageby:Alex Weber12/28/23

Oregon safety Tysheem Johnson has announced his decision to return to the Ducks for the 2024 season. He was a junior on the 2023 team, his first in Eugene after transferring over from Ole Miss.

Johnson was a standout starter on the Duck defense and came on to finish second on the team in tackles in just his first season with the program. He recorded 68 takedowns, including four tackles for loss, while also picking off two passes and batting away six others.

Before his westward trek, the 5-foot-10 safety recorded 78 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 2 passes defended in 2022 for the Rebels. Johnson also earned freshman All-SEC honors during his 2021 season after racking up 47 total tackles, four tackles for loss, and one interception.

Tysheem Johnson played high school football at Philadelphia’s Neumann Goretti, where he was a four-star recruit in the 2021 recruiting class, per the On3 Industry Rankings. He was also rated the No. 234 overall prospect and the No. 10 player from Pennsylvania for his cycle.

Here was his announcement, via James Crepea of The Oregonian:

Johnson’s return is tremendous news for the future of the Oregon defense, which was stellar in 2023 and has one of its safety nets back for one more ride.

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