It looks like Penn State TE Theo Johnson will be playing for the first time in 2022.
TE Theo Johnson is warming up. First time he’s done that this season.
— Jon Sauber (@JonSauber) September 17, 2022
Johnson missed Penn State’s first two games but practiced with the team this week and is warming up ahead of today’s big game with Auburn.
He travelled to Penn State’s season-opening game against Purdue, but didn’t dress, and wasn’t ready to go in time for the team’s home opener against Ohio.
“Hopefully we’re able to get him back sooner rather than later,” coach James Franklin said in his weekly press conference leading up to the Ohio game.”
Franklin has been saying for a while that this Penn State’s tight end group— which also features Brenton Strange and Tyler Warren— is the best he’s coached, and there’s a sign in Beaver Stadium courtesy of “Nittanyville” the refers to Johnson, Strange and Warren as “three aces.”
Johnson and Strange were both named to the John Mackey Award watch list before the season.
Johnson caught 19 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown last season. The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder only caught one pass in Penn State’s 28-20 win over Auburn last year, but that pass was a big one, going for 37 yards and helping set up Penn State’s first scoring drive.