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.”
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.
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