Former Hawkeye Jovon Johnson Among CFL’s Top Playmakers

Former Iowa defensive back Jovon Johnson has a knack for finding the football, and those play-making skills have helped the former Hawkeye make a name for himself in the Canadian Football League.

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Johnson — now in his fourth season playing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL — is tied for the league lead with four interceptions this season, including one returned for a touchdown. Johnson’s strong play on the field has also guided Winnipeg to an 8-3 start, good for first place in the East Division.

The former Hawkeye and All-Big Ten player is no stranger to making big plays, whether it be on defense or special teams.

Over the past four seasons with Winnipeg,  Johnson has picked off 17 passes, returning five for touchdowns. He also has three punt returns for touchdowns and an 118-yard missed field goal return for a score.

Johnson played defensive back for the Hawkeyes from 2002-2005. His 17 career interceptions ranks second all-time in Iowa history.