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Transfer Portal Roundup: Week One

It’s that time of the year again, folks.

After week-zero action last Saturday, college football officially got back underway this week. The Colorado Buffaloes debuted head coach Deion Sanders and abruptly upset the TCU Horned Frogs, while Oklahoma shut out Arkansas State 73-0.

Most importantly, the Nittany Lions took down the West Virginia Mountaineers 38-15 in Drew Allar’s first game running the offense. As for the rest of the Big Ten, Michigan defeated East Carolina 30-3, while Ohio State got past Indiana 23-3.

As week one comes to a close, let’s check out how Penn State transfers fared around the league.

Christian Veilleux, Pittsburgh

After entering the transfer portal in November, Christian Veilleux announced just a few weeks later that he would spend his three remaining years of eligibility at Pittsburgh.

Veilleux didn’t earn the starting spot and was named the backup behind second-year starter Phil Jurkovec. Veilleux did see the field late on Saturday during Pitt’s 45-7 rout of Wofford, and he completed five passes for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Ta’Quan Roberson, UConn

The once-Nittany Lion backup quarterback transferred to UConn prior to the 2022 season and was named the starting quarterback shortly after. Ta’Quan Roberson tore his ACL during his first start for the Huskies and didn’t play for the rest of the season.

This year, Roberson lost the battle for the starting quarterback spot to Maine transfer Joseph Fagnano and didn’t see any game action during the Huskies’ season opener.

Marquis Wilson, Purdue

After spending three months in the transfer portal, cornerback Marquis Wilson announced his enrollment at Purdue in April. During the 2022 season, Wilson recorded 18 tackles, a forced fumble, and two pass breakups for the Nittany Lion backfield.

Wilson had four tackles and two passes defended in Purdue’s 39-35 loss to Fresno State.

Noah Cain, LSU

In his first season with LSU, Noah Cain rushed for 409 yards on 76 carries.

Cain’s 2023 campaign didn’t start out well as LSU fell to Florida State 45-24. Cain touched the ball four times during the loss and punched in a touchdown from the one-yard line.

Daniel George, Akron

After leaving Penn State prior to the 2022 season, wide receiver Daniel George is entering his second year at Akron. George had a successful first season with the Zips and caught 67 passes for 793 yards.

During Akron’s season-opening loss to Temple, George hauled in three passes for 60 yards.

Devyn Ford, Notre Dame

Penn State running back Devyn Ford only rushed seven times for 37 yards last season, leading to his decision to enter the transfer portal and eventually enroll at Notre Dame.

This year, Ford rushed only once before taking a scary hit to the head during a kickoff return. Ford didn’t return to the Irish’s victory over Tennessee State.

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CJ is a junior double majoring in broadcast journalism and finance. He is from Northumberland, Pa, just east of State College. CJ is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, but chooses to ignore the Pirates' existence. For the occasional random retweet and/or bad take, follow @CDoebler on Twitter. All complaints can be sent to [email protected].

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