UPDATE: Safety John Petrishen Transfers to Pitt

By RLR Staff on August 21, 2019 at 10:37 am
Apr 21, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions safety John Petrishen (16) during the second quarter of the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. The Blue team defeated the White team 21-10.
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UPDATE: The University of Pittsburgh announced today that former Penn State safety John Petrishen has transferred to play for Pat Narduzzi. Below you'll see our original article from when the reserve safety entered the transfer portal.

Petrishen returns home with two years to play due to a medical redshirt and is immediately eligible having already graduated from Penn State. On Tuesday, he shared his intention to transfer and thanks to the Nittany Lion family.


Per Lions247, redshirt senior safety John Petrishen has entered his name into the transfer portal. The former three-star prospect out of Central Catholic High School was expected to compete for a backup safety spot this fall.

Petrishen didn't see much action on the defensive side of the ball in Happy Valley, but he did register three tackles and one tackle for loss early in the 2017 season on that side of the ball. He was a mainstay on the special teams unit throughout 2018 and earned Special Teams Player of the Week by the coaching staff against Illinois.

While it's possible Petrishen still stays with Penn State, there is a good amount of depth at the safety position to replace him, should he move on to a new opportunity.

Petrishen was part of James Franklin's first full recruiting class in 2015.

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