Two more former Nittany Lions have found new homes via the NCAA Transfer Portal. Defensive end Torrence Brown will play his final season at Southern Mississippi, while linebacker Dae'Lun Darien will finish his career at Delaware.
Torrence Brown seemed like a player on the rise before a gruesome knee injury against Georgia State forced him to miss the remainder of the 2017 season. He announced his retirement from football in August, but there's long been speculation that he would return the gridiron at some point. The Alabama native confirmed those suspicions in a tweet. It should be noted that NCAA rules prohibit a player that takes a medical hardship waiver from returning to play at that school.
Let God Work pic.twitter.com/VmlFC6MWGr— Torrence Brown (@tbrown_19) January 22, 2019
Brown will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer and will have one season of eligibility remaining. He finishes his Penn State career with 52 tackles, two sacks, and one memorable, game-sealing touchdown against Indiana in 2016.
Dae'Lun Darien announced his intention to transfer earlier this month to a school closer to home while his father deals with an illness. The Baltimore native will be eligible to play immediately for the Blue Hens, as they are not an FBS school.
Thank you God and everyone who is there to support me with the decisions I make in my life. The staff at the University of Delaware is giving me an unbelievable opportunity to finish living my dreams and earn TWO degrees! I can not wait to get on campus! @DelawareFB #BleedBlue302 pic.twitter.com/aKMCkI5WPB— Dae'lun Darien (@ddaelun1710) January 21, 2019
A converted wide receiver, Darien was never able to crack the regular rotation at linebacker but was a regular contributor on special teams. He logged four tackles last season. He joins former Penn State running back Andre Robinson at Delaware and is the second former Nittany Lion linebacker to join the Blue Hens, following Troy Reeder back in 2015. Reeder played his final season with the Blue Hens in 2018.
The duo joins Danny Dalton (Boston College), Jarvis Miller (UMass), Isaiah Humphries (Cal), Brelin Faison-Walden (Charlotte), and Sterling Jenkins (Duquesne) as Penn State transfer who have found new homes. Juwan Johnson, Alex Gellerstedt, Zech McPhearson, Brandon Polk, and Lamont Wade are all still searching for potential new homes in the NCAA Transfer Portal.
Best of luck, Torrence and Dae'Lun!