‘Nova’s Shock­ley, John­son sign free agent deals

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Terry Toohey ttoohey@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Ter­ryToohey on Twit­ter

Line­backer Ed Shock­ley and de­fen­sive back Trey John­son may not have heard their names called dur­ing the three days of the NFL Draft, but they’ll still get a shot to play in the league.

Shock­ley signed a free agent deal with the Dal­las Cow­boys. John­son did the same with the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers Sun­day.

Schock­ley, a na­tive of Mil­lville, N.J., was the first Wild­cat since 2014 to record triple dig­its in tack­les. The 5-11, 235-pounder was in on a to­tal of 101 to­tal stops. He had 56 solo tack­les, 45 as­sists and 7.5 tack­les for loss. A first-team All-CAA se­lec­tion, Shock­ley ranked sec­ond in the con­fer­ence in to­tal tack­les and third in solo stops.

Shock­ley started all 11 games as a se­nior and played in all but one game in his ca­reer. Schock­ley fin­ished his ca­reer with 256 tack­les (157 solo, 99 as­sists, 28.5 tack­les for loss and 7.5 quar­ter­back sacks.

The 5-11, 170-pound John­son is the first player from Stein­bren­ner High School in Florida to sign with an NFL team. He ran a 4.37 40-yard dash dur­ing Vil­lanova’s pro day.

John­son started all 11 games for the Wild­cats in 2017 and 46 games in his ca­reer. He split time between cor­ner­back and safey as a se­nior. He had 45 to­tal tack­les, 3.5 for loss, had one in­ter­cep­tion and ranked sixth in the FCS with 13 pass breakups.

He fin­ished his ca­reer with 123 to­tal tack­les (83 solo), four in­ter­cep­tions and 24 pass breakups.

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