Johnson seeking transfer

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 the season as PSU’s No. 1 receiver, coming off a 2017 campaign that included 54 catches for 701 yards and one TD. But 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,” Johnson said last month during the bowl break.

Johnson, who’s 6-foot-4 and 231 pounds with good speed, is a talented receiver with a lot of upside and NFL potential. But if he does leave PSU, 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 still was able to redshirt. Those two, along with Jahan Dotson, who had a solid freshman season, give PSU three good, young receiving options going forward.


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