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A complete list of Penn State's departures

Paul Jones became the third player to leave the Penn State football team since the season began. He's also the 18th player to leave the program since the offseason. Here's a quick rundown of who left and where they went.

A complete list of Penn State's departures

Paul Jones became the third player to leave the Penn State football team since the season began.

Jones is also the 18th player to depart the program since the offseason. In July, the NCAA slammed the Nittany Lions with unprecedented penalties including a four year bowl ban, $60 million fine and significant scholarship reductions.

Twelve of the players have transferred while six -- including Jones -- remain enrolled at Penn State.

It’s important to note that four of the players -- Derrick Thomas, Devon Smith, Khamrone Kolb and Curtis Drake -- left the team before the sanctions were announced on July 23.

Here’s a quick rundown of who left and where they went (listed in alphabetical order):

QB Rob Bolden: Transferred to LSU. Has yet to play.

WR Justin Brown: Transferred to Oklahoma. Seeing playing time as wide receiver and punt returner.

SAF Tim Buckley: Transferred to North Carolina State. Mostly working on scout team.

CB/WR Curtis Drake: Removed from the roster for unspecified reasons. Still enrolled at Penn State.

 

PK Anthony Fera: Transferred to Texas. Hasn’t played yet (injury).

 

LB Khairi Fortt: Transferred to Cal. Hasn’t played yet (recovering from surgery). Could redshirt season.

 

OL Luke Graham: Left the team for personal reasons. Still enrolled at Penn State. 

 

TE Kevin Haplea: Transferred to Florida State. Seeing playing time mostly as blocking tight end.

QB/TE Paul Jones: Left team for personal reasons. Still enrolled at Penn State.

WR Shawney Kersey: Left team for personal reasons. Still enrolled at Penn State. 

 

OL Khamrone Kolb: Transferred to Fordham. Getting playing time.

 

K Matt Marcincin: Left the team for personal reasons. Still enrolled at Penn State.

 

OL Ryan Nowicki: Transferred to Illinois. Has not played in three games.

DT Jamil Pollard: Transferred to Rutgers. Redshirting season.

RB Silas Redd: Transferred to USC. Playing big role in offense.

TE/LB Dakota Royer: Left the team for personal reasons. Still enrolled at Penn State.

 

WR Devon Smith: Transferred to Marshall. Hasn’t played yet. Reports suggest Smith was kicked off Penn State’s team and did not leave voluntarily, though it is unconfirmed.

CB Derrick Thomas: Transferred to Marshall. Seeing some playing time as backup.

Note: Defensive end Shawn Oakman was dismissed from the team in February. He is now with Baylor.

-Emily Kaplan

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

This season is Joe's fourth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Joe Juliano
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