It was nearly three weeks ago that the Penn State football team was devastated by NCAA sanctions. Almost everyone had an opinion on them. Hatred for the NCAA rolled out of State College like smoke from a tire fire.
Much was made about the vacation of JoePa's wins and reduction of scholarships. But perhaps the sanction to have the most immediate impact was the one allowing players to transfer anywhere without sitting out for a year.
In the days following the announcement of the sanctions, many Penn State players joined together and pledged their allegiance to the Nittany Lions. Some did not. They instead opted to transfer to other programs.
Since Penn State fall camp opened up August 6, it is safe to assume there shouldn't be anymore transfers until after the season. But the team that showed up to that first fall practice looked somewhat different, due to the departure of some players.
The following players are listed by name, position, class rank and school transferred to:
1. Silas Redd, RB, JR, USC
Without a doubt, Redd was the biggest loss for the Nittany Lions because they struggled on offense last year. He joins a national championship-caliber team possessing everything but a dominant running back.
2. Anthony Fera, K/P, SR, Texas
Losing Fera was another huge blow for the Lions. He was 14-17 on field goals and helped the stagnant Lions offense out of tight spots last year.
3. Justin Brown, WR, SR, Oklahoma
Brown was the Nittany Lions' leading receiver. His departure leaves the offense with very little experience at the position.
4. Rob Bolden, QB, JR, LSU
Rob Bolden transferred from Penn State to be second-string quarterback at LSU. He played in 20 games for the Lions but was replaced in the middle of the season last year in favor for Matt McGloin.
5. Kevin Haplea, TE, JR, Florida State
Haplea is mainly a blocking tight end but did have a touchdown reception and three receptions for 21 yards last season.
6. Khairi Fortt, LB, JR, Cal
Fortt was possibly in position to win the starting position at linebacker for Penn State.
7. Ryan Nowicki, OL, RFr Illinois
Perhaps the most controversial transfer (due to going to another Big Ten school), Nowicki should challenge immediately for playing time at Illinois.
8. Jamil Pollard, DT, Fr, Rutgers
Without taking a snap or even seeing the field in a Nittany Lion uniform, Pollard is heading to Rutgers.
9. Tim Buckley, S, RFr, NC State
Buckley may have been in the running to take some snaps at safety this year, but instead decided to transfer to his hometown college.
While only three of these players played a key role for the Nittany Lions, the transfer of the others hurts the depth of the team.
This likely isn't the last of Penn State players transferring, as they have til the start of the 2013 season.