Starting defensive tackle Ed Johnson
is not currently with the Penn State
football team as it prepares for the Outback Bowl against Tennessee
. According to a source close to the program, Johnson has been suspended for violating an unspecified team rule.
It is expected that Johnson will not travel with Penn State to Tampa, Florida for the bowl game, scheduled on January 1. Since he is a fifth year senior, this would mark the end of his PSU career.
Candidates expected to be veying for the open position include, Steve Roach, Chris Baker and true freshman Phillip Taylor.
Previously, Johnson missed the entire 2005 season due to an unspecified violation of university rules.
As Penn State prepares for their New Year's Day clash with Tennessee in the Outback Bowl, the team was dealt a defensive blow with the recent suspension of a starting defensive tackle.