It’s safe to say Trey Johnson has made the most of his time at Bucknell. One of two seniors who has appeared in all 35 games, he has been a regular on special teams and is expected to take on an even larger role at cornerback in 2017. The Shaker Heights, Ohio native is also active in multiple student organizations and in the psychology department.
Q: You and Abdullah Anderson are the only seniors who have played in every game since arriving in Lewisburg back in 2014. What does your streak of consecutive game appearances mean to you?
A: It’s pretty awesome. Coming in as a freshman, I was picked to go in on special teams during the first game, and I made the most of my opportunity. I think I had a tackle my first time on the field (laughs). From then on, I was given more and more responsibility. Last year as a junior, I was able to show I could play a role at cornerback as well. I’m excited to keep getting better at cornerback so I can make an even bigger impact from that position as a senior.
Q: What has the recent locker room renovation meant to the Bison?
A: It makes the whole team even more excited to hang out in the locker room; when a team does that, it builds camaraderie. It’s such a big improvement, and we really appreciate the support of our donors. We want to make sure we’re winning for this community that loves us.
Q: When you were making your college decision, why did you choose Bucknell?
A: For me, Bucknell was a no brainer. My main goal was to find a university with Division I football that would give me a great education, and Bucknell has given me that and so much more. The coaches are very supportive, and I believed in the culture they are building here. I also loved the campus; it’s really beautiful.
Q: What are some of the other activities you’re involved in on campus?
A: I’ve been involved with different cultural organizations, including the Black Student Union and L.A.C.O.S. I’m an Admissions Ambassador so I give campus tours, and a lot of people have probably seen me around doing that. I’ve also been able to speak at open houses in front of hundreds of people, and there are probably other things I’ve taken part in that I can’t remember (laughs). Pretty much, I’ve been trying to take full advantage of the four years I have here.
Q: What drew you to study psychology at Bucknell?
A: I came in undecided, and I shopped around a bit. I did intro to management, intro to economics, and those didn’t really grab my attention. Then, I took intro to psychology and loved it. So I kept taking psychology courses; then, I said, ‘You know what, I think I want to major in this.’
Q: Can you talk about some of the research you’ve been involved in through the psychology department?
A: Over the summer, I worked as a student researcher in the psychology department. I always had an interest in conducting research, and, fortunately, I came across an opportunity with Dr. Jasmine Mena, a professor who is a well-known researcher in her field of Multicultural Psychology. I also spend countless hours focused on my very own research, which is currently titled “Black Students at a PWI.”
Q: What are your plans after you graduate in May?
A: I want to go to graduate school so I can get into performance or sports psychology. I hope to stay in athletics and also use my psychology degree. I know it’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m ready and excited for the challenge.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Lewisburg?
A: I’ve been here for two summers straight, and I love riding my bike around during the summertime. I also love Downton Lewisburg; it’s beautiful, and the smaller stores, the single-screen theater and the boutiques are the types of things you don’t get in a big city. I really love that small-town vibe you get here.
Q: When did you start playing football, and how did you get involved in the sport?
A: I started playing football at the age of nine. I wanted to play before that, but my mom didn’t think I was big enough until I was in fourth grade (laughs). I was still one of the smaller guys, but my dad and all my brothers played so I definitely wanted to get involved.
This Q&A originally ran in the program for Bucknell's game against Holy Cross on Sept. 9, 2017.