The Kansas Jayhawks struggles continued Friday when the school announced that cornerback Isaiah Johnson will transfer from the school. The news comes as another major blow to a program hoping to rebound after a 3-8 season under first year head coach David Beaty. The exact reasoning for Johnson’s departure remains unclear, but the only thing cited during his person statement was “personal reasons.”
During his Jayhawks career, Johnson started 24 games recording five interceptions during the 2013 season in which he won the honor of being named Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year. Moving forward, Johnson will graduate from Kansas in May making him immediately eligible to transfer to another program for his final season of eligibility. One would suspect that Johnson would have a large market for his services making him a hot commodity for any FBS program.
“My time at KU has been a great experience,” Johnson said in a statement. “I have learned a lot from my coaches and have made friends I will keep for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, for personal reasons, I will play my last year somewhere else, but I will always be grateful to Coach Beaty and his staff for all that they have done for me and how much he has helped me during this time.”
Kansas handled the situation with class, responding with a statement of their own thanking Johnson for his contributions to the school.
“We would like to thank Isaiah for all of the contributions he made to our program during his time at Kansas,” Beaty said in the statement. “He has been a model citizen and teammate, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future.”