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Penn State Football: Statistical Breakdown of All Penn State 2012 Transfers

Peter EmerickSenior Writer IIOctober 12, 2016

Penn State Football: Statistical Breakdown of All Penn State 2012 Transfers

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    After the NCAA leveled Penn State's football program with unbelievably harsh sanctions, 10 current players decided to transfer, without penalty, to other football teams.

    Among the transfers are high-profile players like Silas Redd, Justin Brown and Anthony Fera.

    While some players have fared better than others since transferring from Penn State, there's no doubt that these players made decisions they believed were in the best interest of their future as football players.

    Ahead is a statistical breakdown of the top players that transferred from Penn State this season. 

Silas Redd, RB, USC Trojans

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    2013 Statistics: 338 yards, four touchdowns, 55 carries, 6.1 yards per carry  

    Of all the Penn State defectors, Silas Redd is having the best season.

    Transferring to a national powerhouse in the USC Trojans certainly didn't hurt. Most recently, Redd went off for 158 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries against California, which isn't too terrible when you consider the game before he had just 17 yards on 13 carries.

    Redd is beginning to transition to the speed and spread offense of the Pac-12 and that's great news for him, as it appears he's ready to truly showcase his talents.

    While Redd's hopes of winning a national championship at USC may have been dashed by their loss to the Stanford Cardinal, he still is in a great place to showcase his talents for the NFL alongside one of the top QB prospects in the land, Matt Barkley. 

Justin Brown, WR, Oklahoma

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    2013 Statistics: 135 yards, zero touchdowns, 12 receptions

    Justin Brown hasn't had a terrible season, but considering he's playing in what was considered one of the top offenses in college football, his production over three games should actually be a total for just one.

    Brown isn't featured in the Oklahoma Sooners offense, because they have Kenny Stills ahead of him on the depth chart.

    Seeing what Allen Robinson has been able to do with Matt McGloin in Penn State's offense—totaling 404 yards and five touchdowns on 29 receptions—you have to wonder if Brown is regretting his decision.

    Brown could turn up the heat over the next few weeks. But Oklahoma's offense has struggled against legitimate defenses, and that's bad news for his remaining time with the Sooners. 

Kevin Haplea, TE, Florida State

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    2013 Statistics: three yards, one reception

    Kevin Haplea's production is next to nonexistent at Florida State, but that doesn't mean he's not having an impact on the team.

    Haplea is being used primarily as a blocking tight end, and while that's working for the team's success, it isn't necessarily showcasing his true talents.

    At Penn State, with Bill O'Brien's new offense in place, tight ends are being featured almost more than any other position and Haplea would've been a major piece of that offensive game plan.

    It will take more time to truly see if Haplea's decision to transfer was a mistake, but right now it's looking like it was a regrettable move, mainly because he's not being used in the FSU offense nearly as much as he should be. 

Robert Bolden, QB, LSU

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    No Statistics Accumulated

    As expected, Robert Bolden hasn't received any playing time with the LSU Tigers.

    It's not shocking, mainly because Bolden did next to nothing to impress coaches at Penn State over the past two seasons, and he's absolutely failed to develop in any way, shape or form.

    Bolden is listed as the third-string QB on the Tigers' roster, and that's a step down from where he was with the Nittany Lions.

    There's no doubt that Bolden would've been riding the pine with whatever team he spent this season with. At least now that he's with LSU, in the SEC, he has a better chance at winning a national championship.

    It's just a shame he might never get the chance to play another snap in the world of college football. 

Khairi Fortt, LB, California

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    No Statistics Accumulated

    Khairi Fortt hasn't made an impact on the field for the California Bears, because he underwent a knee surgery this offseason. But on a positive note, he has grown his hair out quite nicely, as evidenced by his great Cal photo. 

    What's concerning about Fortt is that it appears that he's still recovering from a knee injury that was supposed to keep him out for just a few weeks.

    It looks like Fortt might have to redshirt to save a year of eligibility so he will have two more years left to play in the Golden State. 

Anthony Fera, P/K, Texas

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    No Statistics Accumulated (Groin Injury) 

    Anthony Fera has yet to play a single game at Texas because of a groin injury.

    It's a shame that Fera hasn't been able to play, because he's a very consistent kicker who happens to just be an impressive punter as well.

    Transferring to Texas was the right choice for Fera, though, even if he never plays, because he will be closer to his mother who was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

    Moving closer to his hometown and his ailing mother was absolutely the right move for Fera. Hopefully, he will get healthy and be able to get back on the field for the Longhorns at some point this season. 

Devon Smith, WR, Marshall

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    No Statistics Accumulated

    Devon Smith has yet to grab a reception or gain any yards for the Marshall Thundering Herd, which is shocking considering that Marshall's passing attack is the best in the nation, with 425 yards per game.

    While Smith was granted immediate eligibility at Marshall, his transfer wasn't exactly because of the NCAA sanctions.

    Instead, his transfer was a result of being released from Penn State's team after spring practices for "personal reasons."

    At some point, you'd imagine Smith would get involved in Marshall's offense, but either way, moving to Marshall is working for him because he wasn't even on Penn State's football team. At least with Marshall he has some glimmer of hope when it comes to playing football in 2013. 

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