Born in Pasadena ... parents are Kent and Sharyl ... sister Gale Johnson was an All-American and 1996 WAC Tourney MVP volleyball player for BYU's women's team ... brother-in-law James was a three-year starting football lineman for BYU (1993-96) ... father played football for BYU (1964-66) and holds the BYU record for longest punt return (94 yards) ... is an Eagle Scout.
Prepped at Diamond Bar High where he lettered four times in basketball, three times in baseball and once in football ... was two-time first team Sierra League ... first team CIF Playoff ... all-state.
Year Avg. G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB-SBA
1997 .403 55-52 186 60 75 16 3 15 75 142 27 28 21-29
1998 .426 52-52 209 69 89 20 5 15 64 164 26 27 24-25
1997 | Freshman Year
Named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team by Collegiate Baseball and to Baseball America second team Freshman All-America ... hit a grand slam against Air Force and Southern Colorado ... that game vs. USC won the contest in the bottom of the sixth inning ... was a single shy of hitting for the cycle at Regis .. stole two bases in four games, including second and third bases in the same inning during two home games ... started in left and center fields.
1998 | Sophomore Year
National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball, The Sporting News, FANSonly College Baseball when he hit for the cycle in back-to-back games against the Air Force Academy ... missed a third cycle by a triple in the same week ... consequently was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week ... had 11 consecutive hits and batted .741 to raise his batting average from 3.64 to .420 during that week in which he had a slugging average of 1.087 off 50 total bases ... in his first cycle he had a bunt single, a double, a triple and a three-run homer ... in his second cycle he led off with a triple, followed by a two-run homer, a double and a single ... hit three homers in the 19-18 victory over Utah ... was 22nd in NCAA batting average at .426. ... hit two more grand slams.