Is The Grass Greener? An Update on Recent Transfers
With the Penn State Nittany Lions currently enjoying their bye week following a four game winning streak, we take another look back at the nine players who transferred this summer and provide a brief update.
Anthony Fera, Redshirt junior, Kicker/Punter – Texas
It is safe to say that Anthony Fera has been Penn State’s biggest loss. Last year, he only missed three field goals and connected on all of his extra points in blue and white.
This season Penn State is 19-21 on PATs and 3-9 on field goals.
Fera made his Longhorn debut this past weekend in a 48-45 loss to No. 8 West Virginia. He had previously suffered from a groin injury which kept him out of action. Fera connected on all six of his PAT attempts and went 1-2 on field goals, making a 38 yard attempt and missing a try from 41 yards.
Fera decision to transfer close to home at the University of Texas was not football related.
Silas Redd, Junior, Running back – USC
In five games, Redd has rushed for 415 yards and 5 touchdowns as a Trojan. Ironically, Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin also has 5 rushing touchdowns.
Last Thursday night against Utah, Redd left the game with an ankle injury, however, it is not expected to be anything serious as Redd has clearly emerged as the starting running back over Curtis McNeal.
The loss of Redd has not had as large of an impact as expected due to the emergence of running back Zack Zwinak. In three games he has rushed for 315 yards, averaging 105 a game, and 3 touchdowns.
Justin Brown, Senior, Wide receiver – Oklahoma
Brown has recorded 154 receiving yards so far this season, third best out of Sooner receivers. He scored his first touchdown of the season last Saturday in a 41-20 win over Texas Tech. Brown has also been a productive punt returner with 129 yards on 7 attempts so far.
The Nittany Lions have not missed him much as Allen Robinson has emerged as the Big Ten’s leading receiver with 41 receptions, 524 yards, and 7 touchdowns.
Brown and Fera will oppose each other this weekend in the classic Oklahoma-Texas Red River Rivalry this weekend.
Tim Buckley, Redshirt freshman, Safety – NC State
The former Penn State walk-on who is now on scholarship at North Carolina State was the first player to officially transfer following the sanctions and is yet to record any statistics this season.
Khari Fortt, Junior, Linebacker – California
Fortt is likely to be redshirted this season as he recovers from knee surgery he had in the spring. Fortt’s departure has allowed Mike Hull to see more time on the field and show off his skill set.
Jamil Pollard, Freshman, Defensive tackle – Rutgers
Pollard has not recorded any stats for the Scarlet Knights after transferring from Penn State in the summer following the sanctions.
Ryan Nowicki, Redshirt freshman, Offensive lineman – Illinois
Currently listed as a third string offensive tackle, Nowicki has not seen any playing time for the Illini.
Rob Bolden, Junior, Quarterback – LSU
Bolden has not seen any playing time for the Tigers and likely will not, listed as the third quarterback on the depth chart. The story of Bolden is well told, and at this point, it seems like he may never play a meaningful snap again.
Kevin Haplea, Junior, Tight end – Florida State
So far this season, Haplea has three receptions for 15 yards and one touchdown which just about equals his output from the 2011 season with the Nittany Lions.
Penn State’s tight ends have been very productive this season with a new system and several options including Kyle Carter, Garry Gilliam, Matt Lehman, and Jesse James.
While Redd is playing decent football, several other transfers have yet to make much of an impact for their new teams, while things are going pretty well right now for those who chose to stay at Penn State.