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Brett Johnson will miss the 2022 season due to injury

Defensive lineman Brett Johnson will miss 2022 through injury.

A defensive lineman was back after missing the 2021 season with a broken hip suffered in a car crash

BERKELEY- Cal’s Travers family head football coach announced on Saturday that Brett Johnson will miss the 2022 season with a lower-body injury suffered during team practice on Thursday. The injury is unrelated to the broken hip that Johnson surgically repaired after a car crash in March 2021 that caused him to miss the entire 2021 campaign.

“Brett is one of the toughest, most dedicated football players I’ve ever known,” Wilcox said. “Although it is a difficult situation for him, I am confident that he will return to the field in 2023. He has the unwavering support of all his coaches, teammates and everyone in our football program. He is important for us to rally behind each other as a team and respond positively to this adversity.”

Below are notes on Johnson with an extended biography available by clicking on his name.

Brett JohnsonDL, 6-5, 300, R-Jr., 4th season at Cal (Phoenix, AZ/Desert Vista HS)
– A 2022 preseason All-Pac-12 second-team selection of Pac-12 coaches and Phil Steele, while a third-team pick by Athlon
– On the cover of Athlon’s 2022 College Football Preview Magazine
– Played in 17 career games with 13 starts since joining Cal as a true rookie in 2019 and posted a total of 46 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss (-26 yards), 3.0 sacks (-19 yards), a pass breakup, a defended pass and a fumble recovery
– Played in all 17 possible games in his first two seasons at Cal as a true 2019 freshman and 2020 sophomore before missing the 2021 campaign due to injuries sustained in a March 2021 car accident
– Returned to the field in 2022 for spring training and fall camp before suffering a season-ending lower-body injury on August 25
– A Pro Football Focus pre-season All-Pac-12 second team selection as a 2021 junior and third team selection by Athlon as a 2020 sophomore
– Earned third-team Freshman All-American and third-team All-Pac-12 Pro Football Focus honors as a 2019 rookie when he played a career-high all 13 games with nine starts including seven of past eight contests and recorded career-highs of 26 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss (-18 yards), while adding a career-high 1.5 sacks (career-high -12 yards) and his lone fumble in career
– Started all four games of a COVID-19-shortened season as a 2020 sophomore and was tied for third on the team as well as first among defensive linemen with 20 tackles, while adding 2 .5 tackles for loss (-8 yards), career – 1.5 sacks (-7 yards), one pass breakup and one pass defended