Final Penn State Transfer Update
With the 2012 college football season in the books, it’s time for one final update on the nine players who transferred after the NCAA sanctions were handed down in July.
Anthony Fera, Redshirt Junior, Kicker/Punter – Texas
Fera’s first season with the Longhorns was a struggle. He started the season sidelined with a groin injury. In his season debut, a week five 48-45 loss to West Virginia, Fera connected from 38 yards out, however, missed the game-tying 41-yard attempt. In week nine against Texas Tech, Fera attempted and made a 42-yard field goal. A late season hip injury forced Fera to miss Texas’ final three games including a 31-27 Valero Alamo Bowl win over Oregon State. He finished the season 2-of-4 in field goals and 23-of-25 in extra points. It’s worth noting that Fera left the team due to family issues and most people don’t believe the sanctions were a major factor in his departure
Silas Redd, Junior, Running back – USC
Bitter Penn State fans who couldn’t understand Redd’s decision can rest happy knowing USC’s season wasn’t as successful as Penn State’s. The Trojans couldn’t live up to their national title expectations as USC capped off a disappointing 7-6 season with a 21-7 Hyundai Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech.
Redd ended the season with 905 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He also added nine receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown. For comparison, Penn State running back Zach Zwinak rushed for 1,000 yards and six touchdowns and had 20 receptions for 177 yards and one touchdown.
Redd has one season of eligibility remaining and has already announced his plans to return for his senior year.
Justin Brown, Senior, Wide Receiver – Oklahoma
Brown had a career year in Oklahoma’s pass happy offense. He finished his senior season with 73 receptions for 879 yards. He also hauled in five touchdowns for the Sooners. Oklahoma finished the year 10-3, but was crushed 41-13 by Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. He ended the season Oklahoma’s second leading receiver. Brown also returned punts for Oklahoma. He finished the season with 299 yards and one touchdown.
In comparison, Penn State’s Allen Robinson had 77 receptions for 1018 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Tim Buckley, Redshirt Freshmen, Safety – N.C. State
The former walk-on was the first player to transfer following the NCAA sanctions. The North Carolina native opted to accept a scholarship and head home. He did not record any stats this season. N.C. State ended the season 7-6 and with a loss to Vanderbilt in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.
Khairi Fortt, Junior, Linebacker – California
Fortt took a redshirt this season to recover from a knee injury he suffered in the spring. Cal finished the season the season 3-9.
Jamil Pollard, Freshman, Defensive Tackle – Rutgers
Pollard took a redshirt this year and did not record any stats. Rutgers ended its season with a 13-10 loss to Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Scarlet Knights finished the season 9-4.
Kevin Haplea, Junior, Tight End – Florida State
Haplea, who was used primarily as a blocking and reserve tight end, had three receptions for 15 yards and one touchdown. The Seminoles ended their year with 31-10 blowout victory over Northern Illinois in the Discover Orange Bowl. Florida State was 12-2 on the season.
Rob Bolden, Junior, Quarterback – LSU
Bolden did not record any stats for LSU this season as the third string quarterback and most likely took a redshirt. By taking a redshirt he will have two more years of eligibility remaining. LSU ended the season in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Clemson. The Tigers fell 25-24 and finished the season 10-3.
Ryan Nowicki, Redshirt Freshmen, Offensive Lineman – Illinois
Nowicki finished the season as the third string offensive tackle and did not record any playing time. The Fighting Illini ended its 2-10 season on a nine-game losing streak.