Jan. 14, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University safety Orhian Johnson will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl this Saturday (Jan. 19) in Carson, Calif., the NFL Players Association announced today. The game will be played at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. EST and it will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

Johnson played in 49 games for the Buckeyes and amassed 131 tackles, six interceptions and 10 pass break-ups, including a personal-best seven PBUs for the 2012 undefeated Buckeyes. A starter in 22 career games, Johnson had 39 tackles as a senior and recorded a pair of interceptions, including a fourth-quarter pick to help preserve the Buckeyes’ win over California. He also intercepted a pass in the Buckeyes’ win over Nebraska.

Johnson is the fifth Buckeye to commit to playing in a post-season all-star game. Classmates Travis Howard and Nathan Williams will take part in the 88th East-West Shrine game this Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla., and John Simon and Reid Fragel will play in the Senior Bowl Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala.