Texas Tech Football: 50 Greatest Red Raiders of all time

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No. 38 – Michael Johnson (Linebacker 1984 – 1987)

 The 38th greatest Texas Tech football player in Texas Tech history is linebacker Michael Johnson. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Johnson headed to Texas Tech with his high school head coach from Midland Lee, Spyke Dykes who would spend three seasons as the Tech defensive coordinator before being named head coach in 1987.

Johnson has to be one of the greatest feathers in the cap of Dykes, who coached the school’s fourth leading career tackler (393) for over half a decade in high school and college.

The 1987 season was a terrific campaign for Johnson as he accumulated 154 tackles, good for the fourth best single season total by any Red Raider.

However, Johnson was part of something larger than his individual statistics. He and his 1986 teammates snapped a seven-year-long streak of losing seasons for Texas Tech football going 7-5 before falling to Mississippi in the Independence Bowl.

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