Penn State redshirt freshman WR Juwan Johnson chose his words carefully when talking about sitting out the 2015 campaign.
"Coming off a redshirt season, I have a lot built up … not anger … but I guess juice that I have flowing,” he said. "I'm ready to go back out there and make some plays."
Johnson explained that going from being a star pass-catcher at Glassboro (N.J.) HIgh to a scout team player at Penn State was "kind of hard, kind of tough." But, even though he arrived in Happy Valley expecting to play immediately, looking back on it he realizes the coaching staff knew what it was doing when it tagged him with a redshirt.
"It was great to get my body right and to get my mind right,” Johnson said. "It's not all physical, it's also mental. So to try get my mental (approach) right was good for this year."
On the physical end of things, Penn State has not seen a receiver like Johnson (and classmate Irvin Charles) since Joe Jurevicius two decades ago. They are big (pushing 6-foot-5, 220 pounds) and athletic.
PSU receivers coach Josh Gattis is on record as saying Johnson and Charles are both cemented as wide receivers and there are no plans to move either to tight end. That's just fine with Johnson.
"I definitely heard that coming out of high school, that I would put on weight and be a tight end,” he said. "But I'm just trying to kind of prove people wrong … that I am actually a wide receiver and can do things a wide receiver can do."
Get to know Johnson in the video interview above.