4 players opt to leave Penn State football team
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Penn State's roster just got a little bit smaller. Its scholarship crunch more manageable, too.
A university spokesman confirmed Friday that four players are no longer on the football team. Receiver Richy Anderson and quarterback Austin Whipple plan to transfer, and guard Anthony Alosi and receiver Jonathan Warner left the team but will remain enrolled in school.
“We thank them for their contributions to the program and wish them well in their future academic and athletic endeavors,” coach James Franklin said in a statement.
Anderson and Warner had fathers (Richie and Curt, respectively) who were star running backs at PSU and went on to long NFL careers.
None of the players was projected to start in 2014, although Alosi and Anderson could have competed for a starting job. All but Whipple, of Pine-Richland, were on scholarship.
Alosi, a redshirt junior, is on schedule to graduate in August. He had been suspended indefinitely after a Jan. 31 incident in which he was charged with simple assault and harassment.
Anderson had 13 catches as a freshman last season, but PSU's incoming freshman class has four highly touted receivers.
Whipple's father, Mark, is coach at UMass.
Warner did not have a catch as a redshirt freshman last fall.
Before the defections, PSU would have surpassed the NCAA sanctions-imposed 75-scholarship limit by the start of camp.
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