Penn State opened fall camp on Friday, but will continue without one of their presumed starters in the defensive backfield with the announcement that Donovan Johnson will miss the 2020 football season with an injury, first reported by Lions247. Johnson suffered the injury in the summer before the team returned to campus, and a team spokesperson confirmed that he would miss the season.
The rising redshirt junior has had a somewhat injury-plagued career, playing in just two games in 2019 before an upper-body injury caused him to leave the Pitt game early. He gave up his body on a play that stopped Pitt just short of a touchdown.
It resulted in a season-ending injury but it helped lead to a memorable goal-line stand that helped seal the victory. Johnson appeared in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2018 and registered 12 tackles and three pass break-ups.
Johnson’s departure leaves Penn State with Keaton Ellis, Marquis Wilson, Joey Porter Jr, Daequan Hardy and Tariq Castro-Fields as the only cornerbacks with playing experience at the college level.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Donovan!