Penn State Football Transfer Portal Roundup

By Matthew Filipovits on September 3, 2020 at 9:30 am
Sep 27, 2019; College Park, MD, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Ricky Slade (3) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Maryland Terrapins in the second quarter at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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After a number of upperclassmen and role-players left Penn State via the Transfer Portal last summer, things quieted down a good bit for the Nittany Lions in that regard this offseason due to, you know, the global health emergency. Still, Penn State saw some familiar names leave the program with more than a few heading to conferences who will be playing this fall.

Let's get up to speed on where some former Nittany Lions ended up after a bizarre summer.

2020 transfers

  • RB Ricky Slade - Old Dominion
  • WR Mac Hippenhammer - Miami (OH)
  • WR Justin Shorter - Florida (Left team during the 2019 season)
  • DE Daniel Joseph - NC State
  • DT Damion Barber - Austin Peay
  • CB DJ Brown - Louisiana Tech
  • S CJ Holmes - Kent State

A lot of these moves make sense, as nobody on this list was expected to be a starter heading into 2020. Ricky Slade has a chance to be a star at Old Dominion whenever the Monarchs return to the field. Daniel Joseph and DJ Brown are the only ones on this list who will be having a semi-normal season this fall. Damion Barber and Austin Peay are playing three games this fall, with the Governors suffering a 24-17 loss to Central Arkansas last week.

Justin Shorter has applied for a waiver to be eligible immediately, and former blue-chip quarterback Michael Johnson Jr. remains in the Portal at this time.

2019 Transfers

  • TE Danny Dalton - Boston College
  • OL Alex Gellerstedt - Virginia
  • LB Brelin Faison-Walden - Charlotte
  • LB Dae'Lun Darien - Delaware
  • CB Zech McPherson - Texas Tech
  • CB Isaiah Humphries - California

A few of the transfers from last season have some eligibility remaining, including Zech McPhearson who started every game for Texas Tech last season. As injuries piled up at corner for Penn State in 2019, McPhearson could have had a major impact had he not transferred. Alex Gellerstedt could become a key piece for an experienced Virginia offensive line after missing all of last season with a knee injury.