Penn State receiver Juwan Johnson is looking for a transfer opportunity. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO
Juwan Johnson came into the 2018 season as the shining hope for the Penn State receiving corps.
He left it, apparently, looking for a new opportunity elsewhere.
FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported Friday afternoon that Johnson is looking for a transfer this offseason.
#PennState WR Juwan Johnson has just entered the transfer portal, per source. He’s a 6-4, 225-pounder with good speed who has 81 catches for over 1000 yards in his career.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 11, 2019
Just entering your name in the transfer portal doesn’t mean you have to transfer, just that other schools are free to contact you about opportunities. But Johnson dis confirm on his Instagram account Friday night that he has no intention of playing his senior year in Happy Valley.
Johnson had a rough go of things in 2018, battling a leg injury he suffered against Indiana and struggling along with others on the team to hold onto passes consistently. He finished the year with 25 catches for 352 yards and a touchdown, 29 catches and 342 less yards than he had in his breakout 2017 season.
The decision isn’t a total surprise, considering he graduated in December and will be eligible to play his senior season in the fall no matter where he decides to go. Plus, it’s debatable how much of a role Johnson was going to have next season anyway, with Justin Shorter, Jahan Dotson, K.J. Hamler and Daniel George expected to get the majority of the playing time.
Johnson will have two major highlights from his time at Penn State. One, obviously, is the one-handed catch he made against Ohio State in 2018. The other is this one that fans might remember from 2017: