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69 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Noah Johnson

In which BracketCat counts down the 69th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State offensive lineman Noah Johnson.

#69 Noah Johnson
Noah Johnson (69) had a heck of a 2020 season, starting all 10 games at center, battling through minor injuries and finishing on the All-Big 12 second team. What will he do for an encore?
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NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

#69 Noah Johnson

Redshirt Super Senior | 6-1 | 293 lbs. | Wichita, Kansas
Noah Johnson
Noah Johnson
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: Butler Community College
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Noah Christopher Johnson (b. April 28, 1998) is a physical offensive lineman who sat out the 2018 season, using his redshirt, after transferring from the community college ranks.

After walking on in 2019, Johnson played as a reserve offensive lineman in three games that season, against Nicholls, Bowling Green and Kansas. He picked up first-team Academic All-Big 12 accolades and graduated in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

Despite minor injuries, Johnson started all 10 regular-season games at center in 2020 — the first starts of his career — as he picked up second-team All-Big 12 honors from the league’s coaches and earned votes for the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year award.

He was voted a team captain and was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 performer who helped K-State to tie for first in the Big 12 and 27th nationally in sacks allowed (14), while the Wildcats led the Big 12 and ranked fourth in the nation in red zone offense (93.9%).

Now Johnson is back for a second senior season. A continued starting spot at center seems assured for this model of consistency, who I have to assume is on scholarship by now.

A three-year letter-winner under head coach Alan Schuckman at Bishop Carroll High School, the Golden Eagles went 34-3 with Johnson as a starting offensive lineman.

He earned 2015 first-team all-state honors from The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle, while he was named to both publications’ Top 11 teams as one of the top prep players in the state of Kansas and also earned first-team all-state honors from both as a junior.

Johnson helped Bishop Carroll to average 45.8 points per game and total nearly 5,000 offensive yards during his senior year in 2015.

After graduation, he went on to play under head coach Tim Schaffner at Butler Community College and earn honorable mention all-conference accolades as a freshman in 2016, a year in which he played every offensive snap.

Johnson then earned first-team all-conference honors as a guard during his sophomore season of 2017, blocking for an offense that averaged 167 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.

He played at Butler with fellow current Wildcats Jahron McPherson and Ty Zentner.