KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/SUBMITTED) -- Tennessee freshman linebacker A.J. Johnson was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after posting 13 tackles against Alabama, the second-most by a true freshman in Tennessee history.
His 13 stops, which included a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss, rank second only to Eric Berry’s 14-tackle effort at Kentucky (Nov. 24, 2007) and are the most by a Vol this season.
The Gainesville, Ga., native is first among SEC freshmen with 45 tackles, which is tied for the team lead with senior linebacker Austin Johnson.
His 45 stops through seven games already ranks as the fourth-most all-time by a UT true freshman, and he is the only true freshman currently leading an FBS team in tackles.
Johnson is Tennessee’s first SEC Freshman of the Week since quarterback Tyler Bray earned his third such honor last season for his Nov. 27 performance at Kentucky. He’s also the first UT defensive player to earn the honor since Janzen Jackson in 2009 (Nov. 2).