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Report: Penn State Football’s Daniel Joseph Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

Penn State football defensive lineman Daniel Joseph has reportedly entered the transfer portal, according to Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network.

Joseph, who hasn’t made any announcement about his future plans yet, joined the Nittany Lions in 2016 and has used up three seasons of his NCAA eligibility after he redshirted as a freshman.

The defensive end from Brampton, Ontario has mostly served as a backup for Sean Spencer’s Wild Dogs during his career with the Nittany Lions. Joseph has been as productive as any reserve on the defensive line, though, by logging five sacks and 29 total tackles over the past three seasons.

Joseph put up a career-high 12 tackles in 2018 after registering 2.5 sacks in 2017. Statistically, the 2019 season was Joseph’s least productive as a Nittany Lion — he made seven tackles and had a sack-and-a-half to his name — but he was always a serviceable option on the team’s defensive line.

If Joseph does leave the team, Sean Spencer’s Wild Dogs will lose a valuable depth option. Shaka Toney is expected to be the position group’s unquestioned leader, and rising talents like Jayson Oweh and Adisa Isaac are expected to complement veteran Shane Simmons and contribute to Penn State’s ferocious pass rush and run defense.

In addition to Joseph, former five-star recruit Justin Shorter and reserve offensive lineman Hunter Kelly have also entered the NCAA’s transfer portal this offseason. Defensive tackle Ellison Jordan also entered the portal to begin the process of moving to another team.

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In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]


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