Penn State may lose another starter from last season’s team prematurely, but not due to the NFL Draft.
According to The Athletic‘s Bruce Feldman, redshirt junior wide receiver Juwan Johnson has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal. Johnson has caught 81 passes for 1,123 yards in his Penn State career, but has scored just two touchdowns and was hampered by injuries in 2018.
#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
This is the first offseason of the transfer portal’s existence. It essentially allows players to talk with other schools about the possibility of a transfer without having to ask permission to do so from their current coach.
Johnson’s name being entered on the portal does not mean he’s guaranteed to leave Penn State. However, should he choose to return to the Nittany Lions, James Franklin has no obligation to allow him to return to the team. Furthermore, if Johnson’s name is still in the portal at the end of the Spring 2019 semester, Penn State can retract his scholarship.
Johnson graduated with a degree in telecommunications in December 2018, meaning he would not have to sit out a year if he does decide to transfer.