No. 5 Tejay Johnson, S, TCU
There are obvious leaders of a football team, and there are the less subtle. Tejay Johnson falls into the less subtle category, but that does not make him any less of a leader. In fact, Johnson has been one of the most valuable players for the Horned Frogs over the course of the last two record-breaking seasons.
Coach Gary Patterson prides himself on his defense. He needs somebody savvy enough to be his eyes and ears on the field, and that role has fallen to Johnson, the quarterback of the No. 1 ranked defense in the nation for three straight seasons. He was the one who put his teammates into position to succeed on the field, and garnered the respect of players and pundits nationwide.
Johnson was a finalist for the Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive back. He also received consensus All-America honors and was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection.
His is the biggest hole to fill on the defense, by far.
No. 6 G.J. Kinne, QB, Tulsa
No. 11 Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii
No. 12 Jeremy Kerley, WR/KR/PR, TCU
No. 13 Vai Taua, RB, Nevada
No. 14 Titus Young, WR, Boise State
No. 15 Bryant Moniz, QB, Hawaii
No. 16 Dontay Moch, DE, Nevada
No. 20 T.Y. Hilton, WR/KR, FIU
No. 21 Eric Page, WR/KR, Toledo
No. 22 Jake Kirkpatrick, C, TCU