The Big 12 announced their award winners today via big12sports.com and Kansas Defensive Back Isaiah Johnson was awarded the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Johnson, the 6-1, 210 pound Sophomore from Cary, N.C., spent his Freshman year at Iowa Western Community College before transferring to Lawrence.
Johnson led the Jayhawks with five interceptions this year, the most by a Jayhawk defender since 2008 (Darrell Stuckey – 5) and was the second-leading tackler with 73 total tackles. The Jayhawk Safety had possibly his best game of the year against the Texas Longhorns where he corralled five tackles and snagged two interceptions as well. Johnson also had a season-high 12 tackles in a home loss to Texas Tech earlier in the season.
Johnson, along with seven other Jayhawks, received honorable mention, including All-Big 12 Second-Teamers Ben Heeney and James Sims.
Isaiah Johnson is KU’s first Defensive Newcomer of the Year since Chris Harris earned the honor in 2007.
Kansas finished with a 3-9 overall record and finished tenth in the Big 12 with a dismal 1-8 conference record.