One player who may have helped replace the production lost (192 receptions, 2,237 yards, 21 touchdowns) with the departures of Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper for the NFL has abruptly departed himself, multiple media outlets are reporting.
The head coach at Lamar University confirmed in a text message reported by, among others, the Daily Oklahoman and Tulsa World that Kevin Johnson has left the Cowboys and is transferring into his program. An OSU spokesperson subsequently confirmed the wide receiver has been given a release from his scholarship.
The transfer was first reported by the Beaumont Enterprise.
No reason was given for Johnson’s decision to leave Stillwater. As Lamar is not a Div. 1-A (FBS) program, Johnson will be eligible to play immediately in 2012.
As a redshirt freshman last season, Johnson had zero catches for, oddly enough, zero yards, but was listed as No. 2 at one of the receiver positions on OSU’s most recent depth chart. In the spring game, he caught three passes for 95 yards and a touchdown, a signal that he could’ve played a rather significant role in the Cowboys’ offense this season.
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