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Transfer Portal Roundup: Week One

College football is so back, folks.

The Florida Gators pulled off an upset over No. 7 Utah, Florida State beat LSU in what could already be the game of the year, and of course, your Nittany Lions went into West Lafayette and left with a gutsy 35-31 victory over Purdue.

While all that was happening, you may have missed how some former Penn Staters performed this past week. Here’s a rundown on how some notable Nittany Lion transfers fared for their new teams.

Will Levis, Kentucky

All eyes will be on the former Penn State backup quarterback this season, as Levis is currently expected by many to be a top 10 pick in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft. The No. 20-ranked Wildcats opened up their season with a 37-13 win over Miami (Ohio). Levis completed 21-of-32 passes for 303 yards to go along with three touchdowns.

Levis and the Wildcats will open up conference play with a must-see matchup against the Florida Gators in the swamp at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 10.

Ta’Quan Roberson, UConn

After entering the transfer portal in December, Roberson announced a few weeks later that he would be transferring to UConn and was later named its starting quarterback. Unfortunately, Roberson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter of UConn’s season opener against Utah State. Head coach Jim Mora confirmed the injury to be a torn ACL, and Roberson is expected to undergo surgery this week.

Noah Cain, LSU

Cain and the Tigers were on the wrong end of an unbelievable game Sunday night against Florida State. Late-game fireworks, including a blocked PAT with zero seconds remaining, pushed the Seminoles over the Tigers, spoiling Noah Cain’s homecoming. The Baton Rouge native rushed seven times for 23 yards, including his first touchdown as a Tiger, which was a one-yard run to give LSU its first touchdown of the season.

Daniel George, Akron

The Maryland native announced his transfer to Akron in April to join former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorehead after George fell victim to a loaded wide receiver room in Happy Valley. In his first game with the Zips, George hauled in four catches for 68 yards. Akron went on to win 30-23 over St. Francis to begin its season 1-0.

Mac Hippenhammer, Miami (OH)

In his two years at Penn State, Hippenhammer recorded only seven receptions for 118 yards. Entering his third season with Miami (OH), it took just one game for Hippenhammer to nearly surpass those marks. In the RedHawks’ season-opening loss to Will Levis’ Wildcats, Hippenhammer caught a game-high seven passes for a team-high 85 yards.

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Devon Craley

Devon is a junior studying sports journalism. He has the genuine misfortune of being a Philadelphia sports fan...IYKYK. Send your hot takes and preferably your freezing cold takes on Twitter to @devon3134. Devon is also your friendly, neighborhood State College movie nerd.

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