Defensive End Daniel Joseph Enters Transfer Portal, Will Seek Grad Transfer

By Dan Smith on January 21, 2020 at 11:26 am
Nov 24, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Tyler DeSue (13) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Maryland 38-3.
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Penn State defensive end Daniel Joseph has entered the transfer portal and will seek a grad transfer, according to Cole Cubelic.

Joseph was a redshirt junior during the 2019 season, and will likely be immediately eligible to play via the graduate transfer rules.

The Canadian initially came to Penn State in the 2016 recruiting class, a 4-star recruit out of Lake Forest Academy in Illinois. He redshirted that initial season but contributed off of the bench over the last three seasons.

Joseph played in 12 of the team's 13 games in 2019. He formed the "third pairing" at defensive end for Penn State with true freshman Adisa Isaac. Joseph finished the 2019 season with 7 total tackles, including 1.5 sacks.

With Yetur Gross-Matos heading to the professional ranks and Joseph likely out the door, there are snaps available at defensive end next season. Shaka Toney seems to be coming back for his redshirt senior season (nothing official yet), but the starting spot opposite him will be vacant. Redshirt sophomore Jayson Oweh is the favorite to fill the role, but redshirt senior Shane Simmons and true sophomore Adisa Isaac will compete for a spot, as well. Regardless of who starts, Brent Pry and Sean Spencer will always rely on rotations at the position, meaning Simmons, Isaac, and more of last year's freshmen such as Smith Vilbert and Hakeem Beamon will have ample opportunities for playing time.

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