PROS: Ty Johnson is a compact built runner with a thick lower frame, allowing for some notable leg drive and the ability to absorb contact on the thighs without shedding his base. Is extremely active with the free hand as a runner, creating space in tight quarters and forcing missed tackles with effectiveness. Has a little bit of spring in his cuts, feet pound the ground hard to generate change of direction. Productive player who contributes on special teams as a return player as well (logged 100-yard TD vs. Ohio State in 2017). Just 282 career carries in 34 games, so should have plenty of mileage left in the legs despite physical rushing style. Shows creativity in the backfield against a collapsed point of attack to break off script and find a crease to create yardage. Big play rusher with a 7.5 YPC average to date.
CONS:Has not been able to wrestle away a full time rushing gig, which will raise questions from those outside the program. Only caught 5 passes during the 2017 season and limited Maryland offense failed to provide a lot of reps working in third down role (pass catching/blocking) in selected viewings. Can let play-making mentality get the best of him in some instances, looking to make too much happen in the backfield instead of ensuring a positive gain before looking to bounce plays.