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Penn State’s Juwan Johnson To Leave Program

Update 10:27 p.m.: Juwan Johnson made his transfer official on social media. In a post captioned “Ju Out,” Johnson said he intends to leave Penn State’s football program with one year of eligibility remaining. He wrote a note thanking Penn State’s “ridiculous fan base for all the support” and James Franklin “for helping me grow as a man.”

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Original story: Penn State football wide receiver Juwan Johnson entered college football’s transfer portal on Friday afternoon, according to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman.

Johnson had a down year by his standards in 2018. He posted just 352 receiving yards, 25 receptions, and one touchdown after catching 54 passes for 701 yards and a touchdown in the 2017 season. Many expected the redshirt junior to step up and excel as the Nittany Lions’ top receiver, but he struggled with poor performances and injuries throughout the year.

The wide receiver’s entry into the portal doesn’t necessarily mean his Penn State career is over yet. The NCAA’s transfer portal was opened in October 2018, and it allows student-athletes to begin the process of changing schools without asking for their team’s permission.

Players who enter the portal aren’t obligated to leave their previous team; Johnson simply took the first step towards transferring on Friday. However, other college football coaches are now allowed to contact Johnson because he submitted his name in the portal.

Among others, highly-touted quarterbacks Jalen Hurts, Tate Martell, and Justin Fields have all entered the transfer portal since the end of the regular season. Fields, a former Penn State commit, already announced his intention to enroll at Ohio State after spending his freshman year at Georgia.

Penn State has already lost a few players to transfers since the start of the season, including linebackers Brelin Faison and Dae’lun Darien along with freshman safety Isaiah Humphries.

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In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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