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Southern University defensive back Danny Johnson (1) breaks into the clear as he returns a punt against Prairie View A&M during the second half of their game on Saturday, Nov. 4 , 2017 at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY TRAVIS SPRADLING

Danny Johnson will get his shot. 

The former standout defensive back for the Southern football team was one of 326 players invited to participate in the NFL scouting combine later this month. 

Johnson is vying to become the first Southern player selected in the NFL draft since Lenny Williams in 2004. He recently competed in the Senior Bowl, where he made one tackle and broke up one pass. 

The combine is an annual gathering of top NFL prospects, where players meet with organizations and perform a variety of physical tests in front of NFL talent evaluators. It will run from February 27 to March 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. 

Johnson finished his career tied for the lead among active Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) players in career interceptions with 16, and he led all active FCS players in passes defended (55). 

Johnson was named a STATS FCS All-American after intercepting three passes and breaking up 12 others. He showed his versatility by accounting for six touchdowns in five different ways: two by interception return, one by punt return and one each passing, rushing and receiving. 

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