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While Penn State's penalty in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal may seem like old news, players have continued to transfer to schools across the country. Typically, a player must sit out an entire season when transferring from one FBS school to another but that rule was waived for Penn State's current players and class of 2012 recruits. So far, nine Nittany Lions (listed below) have taken advantage of the opportunity. Penn State has also lost a few commitments from players in upcoming classes like Ross Douglas, Greg Webb, and Will Fuller.
1. Rob Bolden, QB, LSU- I'm going to go ahead and assume Bolden just wants to mooch a national championship ring off of the defending SEC champs, because Mettenberger is firmly seated as LSU's starting quarterback for this upcoming season. Bolden, who was once a starter in Happy Valley, had since fallen to third on the depth chart.
2. Silas Redd, RB, USC- The rich get richer as Silas Redd gives the Trojans another star on offense. He began practice in Southern California on Monday, but contrary to what some think, he won't walk in and be handed the number one spot. Redd, who is more of a workhorse-type runner, will share carries with redshirt senior Curtis McNeal who rushed for over 1,000 yards himself last season.
3. Justin Brown, WR, Oklahoma- With some of the Sooners best receivers getting released or suspended this offseason, there will be ample opportunity for Brown to make a move on the depth chart and an impact on the field. He would have been McGloin's top target had he stayed in Happy Valley.
4. Kevin Haplea, TE, Florida State- Known for his blocking ability, Haplea gives the Seminoles some depth at tight end behind Nick O'Leary.
5. Ryan Nowicki, OL, Illinois- I wish I had some nice details to give about Nowicki but sadly he's just a bench warmer...good luck in Champaign though.
6. Jamil Pollard, DT, Rutgers- The true freshman was the 50th rated defensive tackle by scout.com coming out of high school. While he is a talented player, he isn't a superstar or anything so the sting should be minimal.
7. Khairi Fortt, LB, Cal- Fortt is still recovering from a sprained knee, but once healthy he could really be a force on the Golden Bears defense. It's hard to be a major contributor playing behind a guy lke Gerald Hodges but Fortt should be one of the more impactful players on this list once in Berkeley.
8. Tim Buckley, S, NCSU- Buckley was second on the Nittany Lions depth chart behind Malcolm Willis but don't let that fool you, Penn State just lacks depth in their secondary. The former walk-on has some more work to do before he can have a meaningful impact on the field.
9. Anthony Fera, K, Texas- Fera, the kicker, is actually one of the more crucial losses for Penn State. He can be the kickoff specialist, punter, and handle extra points having acccouted for 62 points last season. His skill and versatility will be a nice boost to the Longhorns' special teams unit.
The departures from Penn State should stop for now with teams' camps picking back up. While Penn State players are allowed to transfer at any point during the season, they will have to sit out one year if they play in a game for the Nittany Lions then transfer. As for those players who stayed at Penn State, they open up their season on September 1st against Ohio.
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