Keyshawn Johnson Sr: Son taking leave from Nebraska until at least January

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Keyshawn Johnson Jr. won’t be a part of Nebraska’s 2017 football season according to his father.

The former NFL wide receiver and current NFL analyst told Omaha World-Herald that his son would be taking a leave from the team and potentially rejoin it in January. Johnson Jr. was cited for marijuana possession on June 9 after a floor supervisor in a dorm reported the smell of marijuana to police. 

From the World-Herald:

“One thing you will not do as my son is you will not embarrass Nebraska, you will not embarrass [coach] Mike Riley and you will not embarrass this family,” the elder Johnson said. “If you mature and you’re ready to resume your football career and academic goals, then Nebraska will be ready to embrace you.”

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Per Rivals’ HuskerOnline.com, “the door is open for [Johnson Jr.s] return next January assuming he meets certain requirements set forth by Riley.” The site also said Johnson was likely to be a redshirt in the fall had he been part of the team after he enrolled early in January.


Johnson Jr. was a four-star recruit and No. 43 wide receiver in the class of 2017 according to Rivals. He was one of seven four-star recruits who signed with the Huskers in February to form the No. 20 recruiting class in the country.

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