Linebacker Dae'lun Darien to Leave the Penn State Football Program

By Dan Smith on January 2, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Ellis Brooks (13) and linebacker Dae'Lun Darien (41) pressure Kent State Golden Flashes quarterback Dustin Crum (14) during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Kent State 63-10.
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Outside linebacker Dae'lun Darien has left the Penn State football program, citing family issues and the health of his father. Darien would have been a redshirt junior in 2019.

Darien started his Penn State career as a commit in the 2016 recruiting class as a wide receiver. As the program built talented depth at the position, he flipped sides of the ball and played as an outside linebacker beginning in the 2018 offseason. He primarily contributed on special teams. He played in nine games total, three on defense, totaling four tackles for the 2018 season.

Starting OLB Koa Farmer has completed his eligibility, so one starting spot is open on the outside. Sophomore Micah Parsons should be locked in to start, and the other spot is currently occupied by senior Cam Brown. Sophomore Jesse Luketa and freshman Lance Dixon could provide the biggest competition for Brown.