How Kwatrivous Johnson Became Known as “Dollar Bill”

Austin Perryman/MSU Athletics


Logan Lowery, Deputy Director/Communications

STARKVILLE Kwatrivous Johnson is basically money since the day he was born.

When Johnson came into the world on December 1, 1999, his grandmother Mary thought her new grandson’s name might be too hard to pronounce and decided to come up with a nickname to call him.

The movie “The Players Club” happened to be playing on TV in the waiting room while Johnson was being delivered. Mary chose the name “Dollar Bill” after Bernie Mac’s character in the film.

“It’s stuck with me since I was a kid and has stayed with me until now,” Johnson said.

Little did Mary know that her newborn grandson would one day become a mountain of man who would anchor Mississippi State’s offensive line.

But the 6-foot-7 Johnson isn’t as tall as he once was. He came to MSU as a freshman in 2018 weighing 380 pounds, but has since lost over 60 pounds and is now at 312 as he begins fall camp in Starkville.

“I came right out of high school at 380,” Johnson said. “I got up so high and one problem I had trying to lose all that weight was stopping late night eating and watching what I’m eating. Coach (Tyson) Brown and (his team ) stayed on me every minute to tell me what I needed to eat and drink and I felt the improvements over the past two seasons.

“When I first arrived, I was tired and lazy all the time. They taught me a lot about my body and what I should consume for my body. Now I go there full of energy and ready to go.”

The coaching staff also noticed a difference in Johnson’s stamina and mobility at camp.

“He kind of put it all together and improved his body,” the head coach said mike leach. “He’s lost weight and tightened it up. It’s really clicked for him and he’s more consistent.”

Johnson brings 23 games of experience with him into his senior season. He has made 11 career starts, including eight last year at right guard. He was ranked the Bulldogs’ top rush blocker in the season opener against Louisiana Tech and followed as the team’s top pass blocker in the LSU game according to Pro Football Focus.

This year, Johnson is in contention to be the Bulldogs’ left tackle and has begun to hone his craft at left tackle during spring drills.

“Throughout the spring, I learned every day and it started to get easier,” Johnson said.

Johnson continues to hone his skills from the start of fall camp and become more comfortable on the job day by day.

“It’s a matter of confidence and he benefits from it a bit,” said the offensive line coach Mason Miller. “We just have to keep building on it.”

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