Tulane head football coach Curtis Johnson added another standout to his first-year squad as deep snapper Billy Johnson has transferred from the University of Georgia to play his final collegiate season with the Green Wave in 2012.
A 6-0, 239-pound native of Braselton, Ga., Johnson received his bachelor's degree in sports management from Georgia this past May. After receiving a waiver from the NCAA, Johnson is eligible to compete immediately for the Wave while seeking a master's degree in homeland security from Tulane.
"Billy's father and I spent the last four years as members of the New Orleans Saints coaching staff, so I have known Billy for a while and he will be a great addition to our team for the 2012 season," Johnson said. "I expect him to come in right away and compete for our deep snapping duties."
During his time at Georgia, Johnson was a two-year squad member and one-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 2009-11, and was a member of four bowl squads and Georgia's SEC East Division title team in 2011. He received a redshirt during his true freshman campaign in 2008.
As a prep standout at Braselton's Buford High School, he earned four letters in football and two in baseball. Johnson was a member of Buford's state championship football team in 2007 and helped his prep gridiron squad to a 52-4 overall record.
Johnson's father, Bill, played football at Northwestern State and is the defensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints.