Oct 22, 2011; Evanston, IL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Silas Redd (25) runs with the ball as Northwestern Wildcats linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo (44) defends during the first quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE
The future of Penn State’s football players is the pressing issue on the minds of college football fans and coaches, as the NCAA decided that as a part of the sanctions, the athletes can transfer immediately and with no eligibility penalty. At 9:30 ET this morning, around 30 Penn State players gathered at the Holuba Hall practice field to affirm their commitment to the Nittany Lions, and USC’s most recent interest, Silas Redd, was conspicuously absent.
We don’t want to read too much into that yet as he could have been absent for a number of reasons, but this is definitely worth noting.
Devon Edwards, a writer for SB Nation’s Black Shoe Diaries, has created a list of the statuses of Penn State’s athletes:
Summer depth chart2012 projections:***=starter**=rotation player*=depth
Current players announced staying: (48)OL Anthony Alosi* RS FRDB Adrian Amos***: SOOL Mark Arcidiacono* RS JRDE Deion Barnes** RS FRDL Kyle Baublitz* RS SORB Bill Belton** SOQB Steven Bench* FRWR Justin Brown*** SRP Alex Butterworth* JROL Nate Cadogan* RS JRLB Glenn Carson*** JRTE Kyle Carter** RS FRDB Da’Quan Davis** FROL Miles Dieffenbach*** RS SOOL Mike Farrell* SROL Frank Figueroa* RS JRLB Khairi Fortt*** JRTE Garry Gilliam** RS JROT Adam Gress*** RS JRDT Jordan Hill*** SRLB Mike Hull** RS SOLB Gerald Hodges*** SRDT Austin Johnson* FRDT DaQuan Jones*** JRWR Alex Kenney*** RS SODE Jordan Kerner** RS FRDB Jake Kiley* FRWR Eugene Lewis* FRWR/DB Jordan Lucas* FROL Angelo Mangiro* RS FRDE Pete Massaro*** RS SRLB Mike Mauti*** RS SRQB Matt McGloin*** RS SRQB Shane McGregor* SRCB Stephon Morris*** SRDB Stephen Obeng-Agyapong** RS JRDB Devin Pryor* RS SOWR Allen Robinson*** SOTE/DE Dakota Royer* RS SODL Evan Schwan* FROL Eric Shrive* RS JROL Donovan Smith*** RS FRC Matt Stankiewitch*** SROL Anthony Stanko* FROL John Urschel*** RS JRDB Mike Wallace** RS JRWR Matt Zanatello** RS FRFB Mike Zordich*** SR
Current players announced leaving: (1)OL Ryan Nowicki*
On the fence (6):QB Rob Bolden* JRDT Derek Dowrey* FRRB Curtis Dukes* RS JRDL Brian Gaia* FRRB Silas Redd*** JRWR Trevor Williams* FR
2013 Recruits announced staying (7):LB Brandon Bell (soft)LB Zach Bradshaw (soft)TE Adam BrenemanQB Christian Hackenberg (soft)OL Dorian JohnsonOL Brandon MahonDB Neiko Robinson (soft)DE Garrett Sickels
2013 Decommits (2):DT Greg Webb–UNCCB Ross Douglas–Michigan
Other 2013 Commits (5):DE Curtis CothranWR Will FullerLB Zayd IssahOL Andrew Nelson
Unknown scholarship players (28):DE Brad Bars* RS SOP/K Anthony Fera*** RS JRK Sam Ficken* SOOL Luke Graham* RS SOTE Kevin Haplea** JRC Ty Howle* RS SRWR/DB Malik Golden* FRTE Jesse James*** FRQB Paul Jones** RS SOWR Shawney Kersey** RS JRLB Ben Kline* RS FRWR Christian Kuntz** RS JROL Wendy Laurent* FRRB Akeel Lynch* FRWR Brandon Moseby-Felder** RS JRDE C.J. Olaniyan** RS SODT Jamil Pollard* FRDE Sean Stanley*** SRDT James Terry** SRWR Jonathan Warner* FRLB Nyeem Wartman* FRTE Brent Wilkerson* FRS Malcolm Willis*** RS JRLB Mike Yancich** SRDL Anthony Zettel** RS SORB/FB Zach Zwinak** RS FR
As you can see, Redd is listed as on the fence.
There is still clearly lots of uncertainty surrounding Penn State, so it looks like we are going to have to wait just a little while longer for Redd, the rest of the players or Coach Bill O’Brien to inform us one way or the other of the future of these athletes.