Now, it seems that Johnson is unlikely to return to the Tigers in 2023.
On Wednesday, coach Brian Kelly said that Johnson underwent successful surgery to repair a left leg fracture and will be out until December, at the very earliest. This means that if Johnson were to play, it likely wouldn’t be until the postseason.
A former top-100 recruit, Johnson played in 15 games with five starts in two seasons with the Buckeyes.
Brian Kelly said JK Johnson had successful surgery on his left leg fracture but he doesn't expect him to return to the lineup until December at the earliest. #LSU
— Koki Riley (@KokiRiley) September 13, 2023
Without Johnson, LSU has turned to transfers Duce Chestnut and Zy Alexander, though Denver Harris — another transfer — got the start against Grambling in his debut with the Tigers and could be moving toward the full-time starting role.
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