Teyo Johnson Declares For NFL Draft

Dec. 12, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. -

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Teyo Johnson, Stanford's talented two-sport star from Mira Mesa High School in San Diego, today announced that he will forgo his final two years of eligibility and make himself available for the 2003 NFL Draft.

Johnson, a 6-7, 240 wide receiver/power forward, spent the past three years as a member of the Cardinal football team and the past two seasons on Stanford's nationally-ranked basketball squad. Johnson, who redshirted his freshman season in football in 2000, had two more years of eligibility in both football and basketball.'The past three years at Stanford have prepared me for the NFL and the real world,' he said. 'I feel that I am ready to test my skills and the challenges of the National Football League.'

'Stanford is such a unique and diverse environment and I want to thank the Stanford community for giving me the opportunity to represent one of the finest Universities in the world,' he said. 'I promised myself and my family that I would return and receive my undergraduate degree from Stanford University.'

Johnson came to Stanford in the Fall of 2000 as one of the most highly-touted preps in the nation and redshirted the '00 season. During the 2001 campaign, Johnson caught 38 passes for 565 yards (14.9 ypc) and seven touchdowns. He was named the Pac-10's Co-Freshman of the Year as well as a Freshman All-America and honorable mention All-Pac-10.

This past season, Johnson started all 11 games at wide receiver and led the team with 41 receptions for 467 yards (11.4 ypc) and eight touchdowns. He finished his career with 79 receptions for 1,032 yards (13.1 ypc) and 15 touchdowns, which tied him for 10th on Stanford's career touchdown receiving chart.

In basketball, Johnson was also a two-year letterwinner for the Cardinal. During the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons, he played in 53 games, starting 11, and averaged 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman Team selection in '00-01.

Johnson, born November 29, 1981, becomes the second Cardinal football player to leave school early for the NFL Draft. Following the 1991 season, Bob Whitfield gave up his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft, where he was a first round selection (eighth pick overall) by the Atlanta Falcons.

'Teyo is a tremendous athlete with the size, skills and ability to have an outstanding career in the NFL,' said Cardinal head football coach Buddy Teevens. 'We will certainly miss him as a member of our football team in 2003, but we wish him the best of luck in the next phase of his life.'

'Teyo is a very gifted athlete,' said Stanford head basketball coach Mike Montgomery. 'He has everything they look for in the NFL. He's been a great addition to our program and we will miss his presence on our club. We wish him all the best.'

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