|High School:||Tumwater HS '07|
2010: Listed as a starter at weak-side outside linebacker on EWU’s preseason depth chart.
2009: He did not play in 2009 after missing Eastern’s preseason practices and first four games because of a blood clot in his leg that was diagnosed following knee surgery. The clot didn’t dissipate completely and it was announced on Sept. 30 that he would be lost for the season. He was on blood thinners and a mid-October return date was originally expected, but doctors and EWU athletic trainers determined that for precautionary reasons he should miss the entire season. Matt Johnson then wore EWU’s No. 10 jersey the remainder of the season in honor of his twin brother. Zach was selected by the media as a member of the 27-player preseason All-Big Sky Conference squad.
2008: Earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors. Started 10 games at strong-side inside linebacker. He and his twin brother Matt combined for 179 tackles to rank 1-2 on the team, with Zach finishing with 96 and a team-high seven passes broken up, and Matt closing the year with 83 tackles and a team-leading four interceptions. Zach, whose 96 tackles ranks 20th in school history, was third in the Big Sky (8.7 per game) and 47th nationally. He was the team’s defensive player of the week against Northern Colorado (11/8/08) after he had a season-high 15 tackles and an interception in a game in which his brother added 10 tackles. A week later against Northern Arizona (11/15/08) he was chosen as the team’s special teams player of the week and subsequently was one of three team co-captains the following week versus Weber State (11/22/08). He finished second on the team with eight tackles and three passes broken up in his collegiate debut against Texas Tech (8/30/08). In the same game, Matt had a team-high 10 tackles and an interception he returned 37 yards in the 49-24 loss to the 12th-ranked Red Raiders. He helped Eastern finish an impressive 11th in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivison in rushing defense (93.5), as well as fifth in sacks (3.09 per game) and ninth nationally in tackles for loss (7.9 per game).
2007: Redshirted. Along with his brother Matt, he was selected as EWU’s Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year. He was defensive scout team player of the week twice.
HS: Graduated from Tumwater HS in 2007. Earned first team 2A All-State honors at running back and honorable mention at defensive back from the Associated Press as selected by sports editors and writers. In addition, WashingtonPreps.com selected him to its 2A All-State first team at running back and defensive back. Selected to play in the 2A/1A/2B/1B All-State Game. He was also named by the Seattle Times as a “White Chip” selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He earned MVP honors as a member of The Olympian All-Area football team at running back. He was also a member of the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area squad as a defensive back. He was the MVP of the 2A Evergreen League after rushing for a school-record 1,918 yards. He also broke school records with 2,320 all-purpose yards and 28 touchdowns. On defense, he had more than 50 tackles with two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two sacks. After a season-opening loss, Tumwater won 11-straight games to advance to the semifinals of the State 2A Playoffs and finish the season 11-2. Tumwater defeated Colville and EWU recruit John Roberts 28-25 in the quarterfinals, then lost to eventual champion Lynden 20-10 in the semifinals. He scored twice, including an 82-yard reception, in the Colville game. His 1-yard run with two minutes left helped seal the victory. He finished his senior season as his team’s offensive player of the year, captain and most inspirational, sharing the latter two awards with his brother Matt. Was listed among the “Seniors to Watch” on Ron Siegel’s 2006 preseason All-State team. He earned first team All-Pac 9 League honors as a junior and was a second team pick as a sophomore. As a junior, he had more than 50 tackles with four forced fumbles, three sacks, more than 600 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Also played basketball and baseball at Tumwater. As a senior in baseball, he was selected to the All-Area team by The Olympian after hitting .390 with eight home runs and 26 RBI. He led his team to a district title as he and his brother Matt both had two-run home runs in an 11-10 victory over Centralia in the championship game. Both were first team All-Evergreen Conference selections as outfielders as Tumwater finished 16-6 after advancing to the first round of the State 2A Tournament.
Personal: Born 7/22/89 in Olympia, Wash. Zach is the twin of his EWU teammate Matt Johnson. Marketing major.
Year GP TT Hi S TL-Yds FF-FR PBU I-Yds
2008 11 96 15 2 11-44 0-0 7 1-0
Top Tackling Performances
15 - Northern Colorado - 11/8/08
13 - Northern Arizona - 11/15/08
12 - Portland State - 10/4/08