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DJ Johnson, a tight end/defensive end for the Oregon Ducks, will return to the United States in 2022

DJ Johnson, a tight end/defensive end for the Oregon Ducks, will return to the United States in 2022

EUGENE Oregon's top blocking tight end and situational edge rusher is coming back in 2022.

DJ Johnson, a fifth-year junior, has opted out of the NFL Draft and is back for his senior season at UO.

Johnson is the eighth of the 10 juniors to opt out of the draft to return to their senior season. With the addition of offensive linemen Alex Forsyth, Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, T.J. Bass, and Ryan Walk, nose tackle Popo Aumavae, safety Bennett Williams, and long snapper Karsten Battles, both have yet to publicly announce their plans for next season.

The Ducks' 6-foot-4, 273-pound Johnson scored two goals in 2021, including an 11-yard catch and was Oregon's top blocking tight end. He also had two tackles, including a sack, while appearing in 11 games.

In the summer of 2020, Johnson began his career as a defensive lineman at Miami, with three tackles in eight games, and was transferred to the UO and redshirted. During his 14 career, he had five losses, including two sacks in 20 and walked to the offensive in 2020, where he had 10 catches for 113 yards and three touchdowns.

When the Ducks were without multiple edge rushers due to injury, the Sacramento native kept on the offensive until this season.

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