The new Penn State coaching staff will have to deal with situation "EXODUS."
Updated: 8-5-12 for Justin Brown and Will Fuller
Updated: 8-7-21 for Zach Bradshaw
Updated: 8-8-12 for Dorian Johnson
On Thursday morning, kicker Anthony Fera became the eighth Penn State player to announce his transfer following NCAA sanctions. In addition, a few prior pledges have de-committed from Penn State.
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien will have to deal with depth issues, but his first job is to stop the departures of top talent.
Here is an update on transferring players.
Junior, 5'10", 209 lbs.
Redd, who hails from Connecticut, rushed for more than 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011.
When USC plays Cal, Redd will meet up with former teammate Khairi Fortt. If USC plays in the national championship, Redd will shake hands with former teammate Rob Bolden before the game.
Junior, 6'2" 238 lbs.
Khairi Fortt was Penn State's starting inside linebacker. His transfer to Cal was official on August 1.
Khairi was a U.S. Army All-American and is from Connecticut like former teammate Silas Redd.
When Cal plays at USC this season, Fortt and Redd will be talking about the SoCal weather when they visit before the game. Both Redd and Fortt will see plenty of playing time.
Junior, 6'3", 214 lbs.
Rob Bolden was Penn State's backup quarterback. His transfer to LSU was official on August 1.
Rob was the first true freshman to start a season opener (at PSU) since 1910. He had 1,360 yards and five touchdowns in 2010 (mostly during the six or seven games that he played in).
If LSU faces USC in the national championship game, Rob Bolden and Silas Redd should shake hands before the game.
Junior, 6'4", 248 lbs.
To: Florida State
Kevin Haplea was Penn State's backup tight end. His transfer to Florida State was official on August 1.
Haplea is a solid lead blocker and played in all 13 games as a sophomore in 2011, including a start against Alabama.
He appeared in 12 games as a true freshman in 2010 and started three of the final four games, including the “Outback Bowl” against Florida.
Freshman, 6'0", 200 lbs.
To: North Carolina State
Tim Buckley was Penn State's backup safety. His transfer to North Carolina State was official on July 30.
Buckley, who was listed as a second-string safety on Penn State’s most recent depth chart, has four years of eligibility remaining.
He was a star running back at Cardinal Gibbons in 2010 and was recruited by N.C. State out of high school. He could run a 4.49 40-yard dash.
Freshman, 6'5", 280 lbs.
Jamil Pollard was a Penn State defensive tackle brought in with the class of 2012. His transfer to Rutgers was official on July 31.
Pollard has the ability to play defensive tackle or offensive guard, but most people feel he will end up on the defensive side of the ball.
Especially with all the offensive linemen Rutgers has on their roster.
Junior, 6'5", 280 lbs.
Ryan Nowicki was a Penn State offensive tackle. His transfer to Illinois was official on August 2.
Nowicki is a former All-Arizona offensive lineman from Glendale, Arizona. So I am surprised that he did not transfer back home, but Illinois was happy to get his transfer.
He will have four years eligibility at Illinois, where he will vie for a starting spot this year.
Senior, 6'2", 230 lbs.
Anthony Fera was a Penn State's kicker. His transfer to Texas was official on August 2.
In 2011, he was selected a Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award semifinalist and a candidate for the Ray Guy Award (top punter).
Fera was selected first-team All-Big Ten punter by ESPN.com and second-team all-conference by the media and coaches
Senior, 6'3" 209 lbs.
Justin Brown was Penn State's starting wide receiver. His transfer to Oklahoma was official on August 5, 2012.
Brown had 1,047 receiving yards in his career at Penn State.
The following is an ESPN blog reporting the story.
Here is another short article: Justin Brown Leaving
High School, 6'3", 290 lbs.
To: North Carolina
Greg Webb is a 4-star defensive tackle who previously committed to Penn State.
He withdrew his commitment a week ago and gave his verbal to North Carolina.
He was the first recruit who had verbally committed to change his mind about Penn State
High School, 5'11" 180 lbs.
Ross Douglas is a 4-star defensive back who previously committed to Penn State.
He withdrew his commitment a week ago and gave his verbal to the Michigan Wolverines and became the 23rd prospect in Michigan's 2013 recruiting class
"It was something we decided before (the NCAA's announcement) because my family saw it coming," Douglas said. "We prepared ourselves for it, and [Monday] was just the icing on the cake. I love Penn State to death, but I have to do what's best for me and I'm going to look elsewhere."
High School, 6'6" 280 lbs.
Offensive tackle Dorian Johnson is a 4-star prospect who recently de-committed to Penn State.
There are rumors about other Penn State players leaving the program, including:
Freshman offensive lineman Brian Gaia,
And linebacker Mike Hull,
But these are ONLY rumors found on college football blogs that lack total credibility.
Coach Bill O'Brien expects transfers have ended.
One thing for sure is, the number of players leaving is going to start diminishing.
Here is another article worth reading: The Departed
You can count on one constant in Happy Valley: The Penn State fans will always remain faithful.