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90 Days Until Purdue Football: Lawrence Johnson

Will the redshirt frosh make an impact this season?

Purdue v Ohio State
Clearly not Johnson
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Name: Lawrence Johnson

Class: Redshirt Freshman

Size: 6-3, 305 Pounds

Position: Interior Defensive Line

2018 Recap: Redshirt

2019 Prediction: Rotation at Nose Tackle

Lawrence Johnson is a big man. Staying in state, coming down from Fort Wayne, Johnson took a redshirt his first season, after appearing in two games as a reserve.

To me, he is a nose tackle, a space eater. Think of our boy Lorenzo Neal Jr., who is being predicted as a top 20 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Johnson is that same mold of player.

With Neal coming off a torn ACL I wouldn’t be surprised to see Johnson on the field early and often at that nose position to give Neal a breather or just to slowly work Neal back into play.

Johnson has an extremely high ceiling and I was impressed with him coming out of high school. Look for Johnson to make an impact this coming season.