Johnson Having "Unbelievable" Spring Camp

Nate Bauer, Senior Editor
Blue White Illustrated

Catching up with Penn State's in-house reporter this week, Nittany Lion wide receivers coach Josh Gattis offered his excitement for the strong performance displayed so far from redshirt sophomore Juwan Johnson.

The first hint was a Tweet.

As he's done throughout Penn State's spring practice session, now nearly halfway through its 15 total practices to be capped by the Blue-White Game on April 22, Gattis offered a visual demonstration earlier this week.

The player was redshirt sophomore Juwan Johnson, lined up at the 50-yard line, stuttering his way past veteran corner Grant Haley upfield. Already past his defender, Johnson outstretches his arms to cradle in the pinpoint floater, shedding one last-ditch arm-tackle before galloping into the end zone.

Apparently, the play was just one of many Johnson has made this spring.

Coming off a debut season in which he made just two receptions, but went for 70 yards, Johnson has taken advantage of the increased opportunity presented by the departure of veteran and now NFL-bound wideout Chris Godwin.

Summing up the group as a whole, Gattis picked out Johnson as particularly standing out.

"We’ve had a great start to spring practice. A lot of guys are developing. But specifically, I think Juwan Johnson is having an unbelievable spring camp," Gattis told GoPSUTV. "He’s really improved a lot, and when you talk about most improved players on the team, he’s one of those guys that come to mind. He’s a guy that’s going to make a lot of plays for us this upcoming season and help us win a lot of games."

Of course, Johnson is not the only young Nittany Lion wideout with heightened anticipation for the 2017 season.

Citing senior DaeSean Hamilton, DeAndre Thompkins and Irvin Charles via Tweet since the start of spring practice, Gattis continued in identifying the broader improvement now in process for the program.

"It’s great. We’re practicing like a different team right now. Just to be able to carry the confidence from last year over to this year. Guys are playing faster. It’s year two in our offensive system, it’s year two in our defensive system under Coach Pry and guys are playing with so much more confidence," said Gattis. "We look like a really, really competitive team. Our depth across the board is even, so when our ones go in, they’re competing, when our twos go in, they’re competing, when our threes go in. It’s an exciting practice to watch and we’re looking forward to it paying off in the fall."

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