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Penn State DT Clarifies Situation After Tweets About Transfer

James Franklin running onto the field.

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions leads his team onto the field prior to the start of a game against the Washington Huskies during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Penn State defensive tackle Ellison Jordan took to Twitter today to announce his departure from the program. After thinking better of it, he's backed off that announcement.

Jordan's PSU career has been marred by injury. He tore an ACL before arriving in State College, and suffered a bad kneecap injury during Fiesta Bowl practices that cost him the end of last season.

Last season, Jordan recorded a pair of tackles and a sack. He has nine tackles and half-a-sack in 2017.

In a series of now-deleted tweets, Jordan said that he had been cleared to play, but will be doing so somewhere other than Penn State. He also opened up about challenges with depression and mental health that he's been battling, in the tweets and on a Periscope live stream video.

Ellison Jordan has now reversed course, and says that he is not transferring from Penn State football.

At first, his response seems to leave the door open on his future, but he follows it up by saying pretty definitively that he is not leaving the school.

Jordan went on rail against some negative reactions from Penn State fans after his initial transfer announcement.

Amid the questions this all rages, I think we can all agree that it is brave for Jordan, or any athlete, to openly discuss mental health. Whether he continues his career at Penn State or somewhere else, here's to hoping that he can do so injury free.