Athens, GA - Keith Johnson, a four-year letterwinner for the Georgia Bulldogs during the 1980s, died last Friday in Athens.
Johnson, a native of Ocilla, Ga., and a product of Irwin County High School, played offensive line for the Bulldogs. He saw considerable action as a true freshman on Georgia's 1982 SEC Championship team before blossoming into a starter at center during the 1983 season when the Bulldogs finished 10-1-1 and won the Cotton Bowl.
Much of the rest of Johnson's career was marred by injuries. He started several games in 1984, including a celebrated matchup with Clemson's William "Refrigerator" Perry, but was hindered by a sprained hip midway through the season. Johnson redshirted during 1985 while recovering from back surgery and then returned to the team as a reserve during the 1986 season.