According to a late-breaking report from Lions247, Penn State could well be without the services of Doak Walker Award and potential Heisman Trophy candidate Journey Brown this season.
The report states that in statement to Lions247, the Penn State program confirmed that Brown could well miss the entire season due to an undisclosed medical condition.
“Journey Brown is being treated for a medical condition discovered during the off-season and will potentially miss the 2020 football season,” the statement said.
Brown was set to enter the season as the Nittany Lions starting tailback after a breakout second half to the 2019 season, including rushing for 202 yards on 12.6 yards per carry in a Cotton Bowl victory over Memphis.
While Penn State is well-positioned to replace Brown’s production, with the likes of Noah Cain, Devyn Ford, Keyvone Lee and Caziah Holmes champing at the bit, not having one of the most complete backs in the nation certainly serves as a blow.
The former track standout had also bulked up from 206 to 220 pounds in the offseason and was projected by some to be one of the top backs selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.
We will update this story as further information becomes available. The Nittany Lions are scheduled to begin their season on Saturday at 3:30 ET against host Indiana.