A set of transfer announcements has marked the continuation of what has already been quite a hectic week for Penn State football.
Linebacker Troy Reeder, a redshirt junior next season, will transfer to the University of Delaware, as first reported by Sean Fitz, of 247 Sports. Redshirt freshman cornerback Daquan Worley will not return for the 2016 season, as first reported by Penn Live’s Bob Flounders. Finally, a source confirmed to the Centre Daily Times the graduate transfer of linebacker Gary Wooten Jr.
Reeder appears to be the biggest loss for Penn State. He stepped into the starting linebacker role last season, after middle linebakcer Nyeem Wartman-White tore his ACL in the team’s season-opener and starter Jason Cabinda was moved over to take his place.
I hope that Nittany Nation feels that I represented them well in my time there and hope they know I gave it my all for them not just every Saturday but in all that I did in my time there on and off the field. Ultimately, life is too short to not do what makes you happy. I’m happy to be home and proud to have the opportunity to represent my state!
Linebacker Troy Reeder, in a statement announcing his intent to transfer
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During his 11 starts (he played in 12 of 13 games last season), Reeder was fourth on the team in tackles with 67, had 5 1/2 tackles for loss and an interception.
Reeder did not play in Penn State’s bowl game, and was seen on crutches before it began.
His father, Dan, played at Delaware and his brother, Colby, is committed to the Blue Hens. Reeder can also play immediately, as his transfer is to an FCS school.
He released a statement regarding his transfer on Twitter on Tuesday morning.
“The two seasons that I have spent at Penn State have been a tremendous growing experience for me, where I’ve built relationships with people that I know will last a lifetime,” Reeder wrote. “The fans at Penn State are the most loyal in the nation and the game day experience in front of 107K of them is second to none.
“I thank (head coach James) Franklin for the opportunity he gave me at Penn State and all he’s done for me in my time there. I thank my teammates for pushing me and battling with me over the past two years, they will always be my brothers. ...
“At Delaware, I will be playing in front of my home community, for my father’s alma mater where he was a fullback and captain in the ’80s and alongside my brother, Colby, for the remaining three years of my eligibility. I believe in where the Delaware football program is going. I believe in head coach Dave Brock, his vision for the program and could not be more grateful for the opportunity he is giving me.
“I hope that Nittany Nation feels that I represented them well in my time there and hope they know I gave it my all for them not just every Saturday but in all that I did in my time there on and off the field. Ultimately, life is too short to not do what makes you happy. I’m happy to be home and proud to have the opportunity to represent my state!”
Penn State athletics also released a “thank you” graphic on Twitter to Reeder.
Wooten Jr. played in seven games and had seven tackles. It did not seem likely he’d play next season, as the return of Wartman-White is expected.
Penn State is down to six current scholarship ‘backers: Brandon Bell, Cabinda, Wartman-White, Von Walker, Jake Cooper and Manny Bowen.
The news follows receiver Geno Lewis’ announcement that he will become a graduate transfer at Oklahoma, the lateral move of former defensive coordinator Bob Shoop to Tennessee, and the lateral move of offensive line coach Herb Hand to Auburn. Penn State also announced last week that tight end Adam Breneman’s career has ended due to a chronic knee injury.
Shoop had his introductory press conference on Tuesday at the University of Tennessee (watched from State College via live stream), during which he stated a big factor in his decision to leave Penn State was the Vols’ depth on the defensive side of the ball — “I like the fact that it’s not a rebuild,” he said.
He refrained from commenting on his reported $800,000 buyout, of which he is rumored to be paying himself, and said that the matter was between him and Penn State.