Former Montana Grizzlies cornerback Trumaine Johnson was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week, the NFL announced Wednesday.
Now with the Los Angeles Rams, Johnson returned an interception for a touchdown and forced a fumble in the Rams’ 46-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts. It was Johnson’s 17th interception of his NFL career.
Johnson played at UM from 2008-2011, breaking into the Grizzlies’ starting lineup as a true freshman. The Stockton, Calif. native had four interceptions in his first season at Montana and was named a Big Sky Conference honorable mention selection.
He was a first-team all-conference selection in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and earned all-America honors in his junior and senior seasons. Johnson finished his UM career with a program-record 35 pass deflections and 15 interceptions.
Johnson was selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Rams, who were then in St. Louis.
The Rams placed the franchise tag on Johnson each of the past two seasons, and he has a salary of more than $16 million this year, according to www.spotrac.com, making him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the league.