The DC Breeze have announced that cutter Delrico Johnson will join the team in 2017.
Known for his highlight reel plays and incredible feats of athleticism, Johnson is a huge addition to the Breeze roster. Multiple times Johnson crashed into ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays for gravity-defying grabs, making him a superstar in the ultimate community.
This will be the 27-year-old’s rookie season in the AUDL, but he will bring in a multitude of elite ultimate experience.
The six foot Johnson played in all four seasons of the MLU’s Washington D.C. Current, from 2013-2016. He was named that league’s 2016 Eastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2016, and is fourth all-time in bookends points (recording a block and then the goal on the ensuing possession). With the MLU, he complied 49 goals, 18 assists, and 40 blocks.
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Johnson is also a long-time member of the elite D.C. area club team, Truck Stop. For many seasons he has played alongside Breeze stalwarts Alan Kolick, Markham Shofner, and Jeff Wodatch. This year will reunite the group on the professional side of the disc and allow the fellow truckers to build on their fifth place finish at club nationals, which take place after the Breeze season ends.
“I’m just excited that I can be a part building the DC ultimate scene and hope that my play can be an inspiration to the younger generation,” Johnson said. “It’ll be fun to get monster hucks from Markham, and I’m hoping Alan will help with my lefty game, even though I can teach him a couple things about a lefty scoober. I think we’ll see an interesting and hungry Breeze team in 2017.”
As a two-way player, the Towson University grad is capable of spending time on both the offensive and defensive side of the disc. Originally he was used as a defensive weapon, but over the past several years he turned into a valuable asset on offense. He can play as the team’s primary cutter or secondary cutter on offense and on defense, he can cover the team’s go-to cutter or their downfield option.
There are now 11 players on the Breeze roster with just over two months remaining until the opening pull. Johnson is the first signed player who was not on last season’s roster.