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.
Please respect my decision pic.twitter.com/ncjyCyz61N
— Dae'lun Darien (@ddaelun1710) January 2, 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.