Rising junior cornerback Donovan Johnson just can't catch a break and will reportedly miss the entire 2020 season with an injury. The Detroit native has unfortunately struggled to stay healthy throughout his Penn State career. 247Sports was the first to report the story.
A four-star prospect in Penn State's 2017 recruiting class, Johnson redshirted his first year with season with the program before working into the rotation during his second year on campus. He showed flashes in his redshirt freshman season, registering 12 tackles and three passes defended in a reserve role. He appeared in just two games in 2019 before suffering a season-ending injury against Pitt.
Penn State's cornerback room is still stacked with talent with Tariq Castro-Fields slotted in one starting spot and Keaton Ellis and Marquis Wilson battling for the other job. Redshirt freshman Joey Porter Jr. and Daequan Hardy add a good amount of depth, with true freshman Joseph Johnson likely headed for a redshirt.
Still, Johnson has shown flashes of his immense potential each time he's been on the field in the blue and white. Hopefully, this will be the last time he's bitten by the injury bug and he's able to let his talent shine through in 2021.
The Nittany Lions opened up fall camp on Friday, with the in-question season scheduled to start on September 5.