Boilermakers host Penn State for the first home weekend of 2014
Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Athlete: Alana Blanchard
Toughest Pitcher for Him to Face Among Teammates: Matt Gibbs
Current MLB Pitcher He'd Most Like to Face: Justin Verlander
In His MP3 Player: Rebelution
Actor: Will Ferrell, Actress: Mila Kunis, Director: Steven Spielberg
Favorite Month: September
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Cuisine: Mexican
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Surfing
Favorite Purdue Building: Mackey Arena
Favorite Big City: Cabo San Lucas
Unique Travel Locale: Dominican Republic
Island He'd Like to Visit: Tahiti
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Football
Favorite Thing About Alexander Field: The Clubhouse
Purdue Professor Whose Class He Enjoyed: Johnny Brown, Math
Furry Friend: Mickey, Dog
2014 Season Johnson started all 46 games in which he played, all in center field... joined Brandon Krieg (shortstop) as the only Boilers in 2014 to make every start at the same position... also pitched in relief in home games IPFW and Louisville... batted fourth or fifth in the lineup in 40 of his 46 starts... started every Big Ten game and the final 25 of the season overall... missed the series finale at Rice as well as both games in Birmingham due to injury... homered off San Diego State All-American closer Michael Cederoth in the opener of his homecoming series... also went deep in game two at Southern Illinois... posted three-hit games against Butler, Penn State and Minnesota... tripled in the middle game of the Michigan State series for Purdue's first three-bagger of the season... hit safely in all eight games of the spring break and nine straight games overall in March... also reached base safely in 11 consecutive games in April... hit safely in every game of the San Diego State (5-for-15), Southern Illinois (3-for-12), Michigan State (3-for-12) and Michigan (3-for-13) series... recorded four outfield assists and has now registered seven in his first two years at Purdue... batted .321 with runners in scoring position... struck out just once while going 5-for-15 with two walks, three RBI and three runs scored in the SDSU series... posted a .444 on-base percentage on the spring break trip after going 11-for-31 with five walks and five RBI... reached base safely in seven of his 12 plate appearances and stole two bases in the Penn State series. Individual Game-by-Game Stats
2013 Season Big Ten All-Freshman Team... Big Ten Player & Freshman of the Week (April 1)... Johnson played in 47 games and started 42 times... started the season opener in right field and then was in center the rest of the season... also pitched in relief seven times, making six of his appearances in games in which he started in center field... recognized as the team's defensive player of the year... scored the first Purdue run in the history of Alexander Field (eighth inning of March 22 vs. Ohio State)... shared the team lead with nine doubles... batted .300 and led the team with six doubles, 12 walks and 19 RBI in Big Ten play... won Big Ten Player of the Week honors thanks to a breakout series at Penn State (6-for-11, 3 walks, 4 RBI), which marked the beginning of a remarkable turnaround... entered the PSU series the final weekend of weekend batting only .119 (5-for-42) for the season; beginning March 29, went on to bat .321 the rest of the year to see his average rise .147 points... was the only freshman around the conference named Big Ten Player of the Week in 2013; became the first Purdue freshman to be honored since 2003... posted a 10-game hit streak in April, the longest on the team in 2013... also reached base safely in 12 consecutive games... drove in a run in all three games of the Penn State series and scored a run in all three games of the Michigan series... besides Penn State, also hit safely in all three games of the Big Ten series against Illinois, Nebraska and Michigan... batted .323 with 15 RBI in true road games thanks to a .386 (17-for-44) mark with a team-best 13 RBI in Big Ten road series... went 7-for-18 with six runs scored in midweek action... batted .410 with runners in scoring position... hit his first collegiate home run and recorded a team-high six RBI during the Illinois series, recording three RBI in the opener and finale of the weekend... also went deep in the game two win at Michigan State... reached base safely in 10 of his 14 plate appearances in the Michigan series, finishing the weekend 5-for-9 with two doubles, five walks and seven runs scored... ignited the four-run ninth inning rally in the game three win at Michigan with a base hit, scoring the game-tying run... had three hits in games against Penn State and Northwestern... pitched a scoreless inning of relief against Northwestern and Illinois-Chicago.
High School Johnson was a four-year letter-winner for coach Matt Chess at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego... first team All-Palomar League and first team All-North San Diego County as a senior after batting .337 with 24 RBI, 13 stolen bases (team high) and a .402 on-base percentage... team's most outstanding player and second team All-Palomar League as a junior, batting .316 with 6 home runs, 25 RBI and 11 stolen bases... North County Player of the Week in May 2011... unanimous team captain as a senior... was batting .470 through nine games with the JV team as a sophomore before being elevated to varsity... helped lead TPHS to back-to-back North County tournament titles as an upperclassman... played for the south team at the California Baseball Coaches Association North/South Showcase Series... two-time Union Tribune all-academic team and four-time Torrey Pines scholar athlete... National Honor Society... California Scholarship Federation... earned an Ambassador Scholarship from the Global Leadership Connection and a Dollars for Scholars scholarship.
Personal Full name is Kyle Edward Johnson... born in San Diego... parents are Steve and Susan Johnson... family also includes younger sister Stephanie... his father played basketball at the U.S. Naval Academy and his mother was a competitive swimmer at Boston College... majoring in civil engineering.