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Tue. September 27, 2011 | Joey Knight | Email

Hat trick puts Tigers' Johnson on record INT pace

TAMPA -- Since his insertion at free safety three games ago, 6-foot-4 Jesuit junior Travis Johnson has embarked on a quest to catch nearly as many passes from the opposing quarterback as his own.

Johnson, the Tigers' top college prospect, tallied three interceptions in Friday's 35-0 romp of Blake, and is on pace to break Jesuit's single-season record (11) held by current defensive coordinator Evalio Harrell.

If the last two games are any sign, he'll shatter it. In that span, Johnson has eight catches from Tigers senior Tommy Eveld, and four from the other teams' QB.

"He's aggressive to the ball," said Tigers coach James Harrell, Evalio's uncle. "He's an asset over there just like he is on offense because you get the best of both worlds with that kid."

James Harrell tabbed Johnson for double duty upon realizing he needed secondary help after the Tigers' 34-20 loss at Plant. He also gave CB Reggie Brown some snaps at receiver when senior Aaron Paulsen went down with a torn ACL two Fridays ago at Robinson.

Brown responded with a 74-yard TD catch against Blake.

"Really it's just the concept of getting your best 11 on the field, making them play through it," James Harrell said.

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