Blue-White Game MVP Prediction: Offense

Sep 10, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Juwan Johnson (84) runs after a catch as Pittsburgh Panthers defensive back Terrish Webb (2) defends during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. PITT won 42-39. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Juwan Johnson (84) runs after a catch as Pittsburgh Panthers defensive back Terrish Webb (2) defends during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. PITT won 42-39. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Which Nittany Lion will stand out on offense during the upcoming 2017 Blue-White scrimmage game?

The annual Blue-White game at Penn State is a time for both coaches and fans to see what the team could look like in the upcoming season. Granted, it’s a simulated game that sees reserves get significant playing time, but it’s still the first chance of the new year to see the team on the field.

Each year there are some standout players from the game.

Sometimes it’s an unknown such as Cole Chiappialle running for two touchdowns in 2014, and sometimes it’s a starter, such as Trace McSorley tossing four touchdown passes in last season’s version of the game.

So which Nittany Lion will emerge as the MVP on offense in this year’s game?

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The best bet seems to be wide receiver Juwan Johnson. The former four-star recruit saw his first action on the field with the Nittany Lions last year and could be in line for a much bigger role in 2017.

Johnson caught just two passes last year, but both were very impressive. He had a 27-yard catch against Pittsburgh and a 43-yard grab against Michigan State. The six-foot-four receiver is a big target and has the potential to be very dangerous in the red zone.

The coaching staff and Johnson’s teammates have already been very impressed with the wide receiver during the spring. He has turned heads and is a popular pick to be a breakout candidate this season.

Penn State enters the 2017 season without a clear No. 1 receiver. Chris Godwin, the top receiver the past two years, decided to forego his senior season and head to the NFL Draft. Johnson is among a groups of players who could step into the top role.

Given his strong spring, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Johnson put up some big numbers during the Blue-White game. The coaches will be looking for someone to replace Godwin, and Johnson has as good a chance as anyone.

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With an opportunity to continue his impressive spring, look for Johnson to have a big performance in the annual spring game on April 22.