The Oregon football team added a veteran wide receiver on Thursday.
Juwan Johnson announced he would join the Ducks next season as a graduate transfer from Penn State. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder ranks 27th in Penn State history with 1,110 yards in three seasons with the Nittany Lions.
Johnson had 54 catches for 701 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore in 2017 when he started all 13 games and earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors. Last fall, he had 25 catches for 352 yards and a score.
After playing 37 games at Penn State, he announced he would transfer and be eligible immediately after earning a degree in telecommunications.
“Eugene, see you this fall,” he posted on Twitter.
Johnson’s best game at Penn State came as a sophomore when he had a career-high seven catches for 92 yards and a game-winning 7-yard touchdown catch on the final play to lift the Nittany Lions to a 21-19 victory over Iowa. His top performance as a junior came in the opener when he had six catches for 67 yards in a 45-38 overtime win over Appalachian State.
Johnson arrived at Penn State as a four-star recruit out of Glassboro (N.J.) High School. His arrival marks the second year in a row that Oregon has added a graduate transfer at wide receiver, but last year Tabari Hines had just three catches before transferring to North Carolina State.
Johnson will be one of several newcomers at wide receiver for the Ducks, who signed four freshmen at the position. After Dillon Mitchell declared for the NFL draft following his junior season, junior Jaylon Redd is Oregon’s top returning receiver after catching 38 passes for 433 yards and five scores last season.
Brenden Schooler, who had 21 catches for 203 yards and a touchdown, and Johnny Johnson III, who had 17 catches for 215 yards and four scores, are the only other returning wide receivers who had multiple catches last season.