Oregon tight end and defensive end D.J. Johnson has unfinished business in Eugene, and on Friday, he announced via Twitter (where his handle is @DJThaPredator) that he would return for another season with the Ducks and new head coach Dan Lanning using a clip from “Predator.”
Johnson had limited production this year, just catching one ball for 11 yards against Ohio State on Sept. 11.
The tight end made the partial move from defensive end during the 2020 season. He finished the year with 10 catches for 113 yards and three touchdowns.
Johnson began his college career at Miami in 2017 before returning to the West Coast, and he saw the field in eight games.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound player was a four-star recruit according to On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He was the No. 8 edge rusher and No. 10 player out of Califnore in the class of 2017. Johnson cracked On3’s top 100 nationally, coming in at No. 77.
Dollars to remain in Eugene
Johnson isn’t the only Duck to make a decision about returning to Eugene this week.
Following a talk with Lanning, Oregon running back Sean Dollars is fully committed to the Ducks program for the 2022 season, he announced on Twitter late Wednesday night.
“After talking with (Coach Dan Lanning) I’ve decided to take myself out of the transfer portal and stay at The University of Oregon,” the running back said. “I’m fully committed to putting my focus on the team and seeing everyone in Autzen this upcoming season! #GoDucks“
He formally removed his name from the transfer portal early Thursday morning.
The news comes after Dollars entered, removed his name from and subsequently re-entered the portal in a span of 32 minutes earlier this week.
The 5-foot-10, 171-pound back has totaled 15 carries for 128 yards over three years in the Ducks program. Nearly half of his career yards came on a single play, a 63-yard rush against Montana, in 2019 as a true freshman. He did not play in 2021 due to a knee injury he suffered last winter that took longer to heal than expected.
Dollars is a former four-star recruit per On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He went to famed Mater Dei High School in Southern California and was the No. 12 running back and No. 21 overall player from the state in the 2019 class.