Another in the seemingly continuous line of stud Penn State running backs may have played his final snap in Beaver Stadium. According to a statement first issued to Lions247 report, Journey Brown may miss the 2020 season after a medical issue was discovered during offseason testing. The statement reads:
Journey Brown is being treated for a medical condition discovered during the off-season and will potentially miss the 2020 football season.
During the second half of last season Brown emerged from a crowded running back room and became the Nittany Lions' feature back. Starting during the loss to Minnesota, Brown separated himself from Noah Cain, Devyn Ford, and Ricky Slade in the running backs rotation, and was arguably Penn State’s most valuable offensive contributor from that point forward. He capped off the season with a dominant performance against Memphis in the Cotton Bowl, rushing for 202 yards and two touchdowns on just 16 carries.
While this is undoubtedly a blow to coach Ja’Juan Seider’s running back room and the Nittany Lions offense, the Penn State backfield should still be a strength this season. If Cain and Ford, now entering their true sophomore seasons, take steps forward after their impressive performances as true freshmen the Nittany Lions will be in good hands at running back. Freshmen Caziah Holmes and Keyvone Lee will now likely take on larger roles as well.
However, for a program that is in a constant uphill slog to try and dethrone Ohio State atop the Big Ten, losing one of college football’s best running backs is a blow and will make the task that much tougher this season.
Penn State is scheduled to open its 2020 campaign this Saturday on the road against Indiana at 3:30 p.m. on FS1.