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Penn State linebacker Daiquan Kelly dismissed from team

Freshman linebacker Daiquan Kelly has been dismissed from the Penn State football program for “violation of team rules,” the athletic department announced Saturday morning.

Kelly, a 6-foot-2, 194-pound linebacker who had previously flipped from Syracuse to commit to Penn State, is from Newark, N.J., and had arrived on campus less than two months ago with other freshmen players.

The athletic department made no further comment regarding Kelly’s release.

“I love the staff and teammates at Penn State and always will!” Kelly said in a statement on his Twitter page two hours after the news broke. “That is family!!! Right now I am focussed (sic) on getting back in the classroom & onto the football field so I can flip the page to another chapter of my life and continue to pursue my passion and dream of getting a degree and playing football at the collegiate level.”

Kelly is the first Penn State scholarship player both recruited and signed by head coach James Franklin to leave the team, and the third to leave due to “violation of team policy” or discipline reasons since early 2014.

Neither Kelly or his high school coach, Wilbur Valdez, could be reached for comment

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