Johnson’s career at PSU may be over
UNIVERSITY PARK — Receiver Juwan Johnson, coming off a disappointing junior season for Penn State, may have played his final game in a Nittany Lion uniform.
No, Johnson isn’t declaring for the NFL draft a year early, but he is looking at transferring to play his final college season elsewhere.
Johnson’s name is in the new NCAA transfer portal, which acts as a source for coaches across the country to check on players who are considering transferring.
Simply being in the portal does not guarantee that a player will transfer, but it does allow for the player to be contacted by other coaches and schools.
Johnson has already graduated from Penn State, so if he leaves as a grad transfer, he would be able to play immediately rather than have to sit out a season.
Johnson entered this past season as Penn State’s No. 1 receiver, coming off a 2017 campaign that included 54 catches for 701 yards and one TD. However, he struggled mightily as a junior, dropping numerous passes early, missing five games with a lower body injury and finishing with just 25 catches for 352 yards and one score.
“Yeah, it’s been a tough season, but overall you have to smile at the end,” Johnson said last month during the bowl break. “At the end of the day it’s not as bad as it seems. Someone’s situation is always worse than mine. So I kind of look at it as a positive light that the things that happened were meant for a reason, and there’s going to be positive come out of it. It’s not always a negative when things happen.”
Johnson, who’s 6-foot-4 and 231 pounds with good speed, is a talented receiver with a lot of upside and NFL potential. If he does leave Penn State, it may not be a big blow to the team for next season.
Freshman KJ Hamler emerged as the Lions’ top receiver this season, and heralded recruit Justin Shorter saw action in four games but was able to redshirt. Those two, along with Jahan Dotson, who had a solid freshman season, give Penn State three good, young receiving options going forward.