Penn State defensive tackle Damion Barber has entered the transfer portal, according to his Twitter. Barber completed his redshirt sophomore season in 2019 and as of now has two years of eligibility remaining.
Thank You Nittany Nation pic.twitter.com/G5tnmPZ00g— DameDot (@DamionOTOD) June 1, 2020
The Harrisburg native initially came to Penn State as a defensive end, but after redshirting a season emerged as a defensive tackle. His playing time was very limited in 2018, appearing in just three games on defense for 12 total snaps.
Barber was the sixth defensive tackle on the depth chart in 2019. It initially appeared as though he and redshirt freshman Judge Culpepper would form a rotational third pairing, but as conference play wore on both players rarely saw defensive snaps. He appeared in seven games and finished the season with 3 tackles.
With Barber behind several players on the depth chart, and most of the team's defensive tackle depth returning, plus four new recruits at the position, it is not a surprise to see him look for opportunities elsewhere. The projected starters in 2020 are redshirt senior Antonio Shelton and junior P.J. Mustipher, with redshirt junior Fred Hansard and redshirt sophomore Judge Culpepper making up the second team.