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Penn State Football’s Damion Barber Transfers To Austin Peay

Update, June 9: Damion Barber is officially transferring to Austin Peay, the former Penn State football defensive tackle announced Tuesday night.

“First I would like to thank GOD, my Family and Coaches for helping me in this process!” Barber wrote on Twitter. “I want to say thank you to all the Coaches that reached out to me during my recruiting process. To all my Brothers, Coaches, and Fans at Penn State there is no LOVE lost. Penn State will forever have a place in my heart!”

Because he’s transferring from the FBS to FCS, Barber will be immediately eligible to suit up for the Governors this fall.

Original Story: Penn State football defensive tackle Damion Barber has entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to an announcement posted on his Twitter page Monday morning.

“Growing up as a kid from Harrisburg it was always my dream to play here at Penn State,” Barber wrote. “I succeeded that dream and have loved my time here at the university. I want to thank everyone who has supported me through my time here, I made so many friends and countless memories. I also want to give a special thanks to Coach Franklin, & the rest of the staff for taking a chance on me and letting me fulfill my dream out of high school.”

Barber appeared in eight games in 2019 and totaled three tackles total — two against Buffalo and one against Michigan State. Additionally, he appeared in three games as a redshirt freshman in 2018.

At this time, he is no longer listed on Penn State football’s active roster.

Barber is the latest notable Nittany Lion to enter the transfer portal. Earlier this spring, offensive lineman Hunter Kelly announced his intent to transfer and wound up at UNC Charlotte. Additionally, wide receiver Justin Shorter transferred to Florida earlier this year.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt is a junior majoring in journalism and is Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza. He loves Seinfeld, is really into video games, and would wipe the floor with you in Halo. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ for bad sports takes or email him at [email protected]


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