By Annie Ross
Since the end of the regular season, 12 Penn State players have declared their intent to transfer:
DE Torrence Brown (Southern Miss), TE Danny Dalton (Boston College), LB Jarvis Miller (UMass), DB Isaiah Humphries (Cal), OL Alex Gellerstedt (Virginia), LB Dae’Lun Darien (Delaware), LB Brelin Faison-Walden (Charlotte) and OL Sterling Jenkins (Duquense) have confirmed their next landing spot.
WR Juwan Johnson, WR Brandon Polk, DB Zech McPhearson and DB Ayron Monroe have yet to announce their next move.
Coach James Franklin, who last spoke to the media immediately following the Citrus Bowl, has not addressed the outgoing transfers.
Other schools have been affected by transfers, too. But the sheer number of departures — combined with five early entrants to the NFL draft — have made this offseason a frustrating one for Penn State fans.
But punter Blake Gillikin said it was no biggie.
“Every situation is different,” he told the Centre Daily Times. “Guys move on every year for different reasons, and I think most of our guys have graduated and made that decision for themselves.”
That’s true. Ten of the 12 confirmed transfers either have their undergraduate degrees already or will be securing them in the spring.
“The new rules have changed stuff. The portal has changed how stuff is handled,” Gillikin added. “But we’re trying to put all that stuff behind us and focus on our offseason work.”
Gillikin isn’t alone in making that push, either. While McSorley and Scott aren’t there in the Lasch Building to speak up, others have filled their shoes.
Gillikin said a “core group” of leaders, including quarterback Tommy Stevens, safety Garrett Taylor, linebacker Cam Brown, cornerback John Reid and offensive linemen Michal Menet, Steven Gonzalez and Will Fries, have stepped up this offseason.
And Gillikin said that they’re all looking forward to starting spring practice in March — even if the roster is a little lighter than it was in December.
“It’s tough when you’re not playing football for a month,” the punter added with a smile. “We’re really excited for it.”