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Penn State Football Having A Rough Off-Season

A fired up James Franklin cheers on his team.

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 04: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts to a first half touchdown by Saeed Blacknall #13 while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 4, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Any team that recruits as well as Penn State football has under James Franklin over the last few years is going to experience some attrition via the NFL Draft.

The combination of the Draft plus a huge influx of possible transfers leaves the Nittany Lions in a weird place.

The deadline for early entrants into the NFL Draft passed earlier this week, so we know the damage on the end for Franklin's team.

Five players will be leaving PSU early: offensive tackle Ryan Bates, defensive tackle, Kevin Givens, guard Connor McGovern, defensive end Shareef Miller, and running back Miles Sanders.

As a result, ESPN named Penn State one of its "losers" of the early-entrant deadline:

"This is a program that can always expect some early entries to the draft, but five seems like a high number, especially for a 9-4 team. It's not a surprise to see Connor McGovern, Kiper's top offensive guard prospect, make the jump, or Miles Sanders, Kiper's No. 9 running back prospect. But the departure of defensive tackle Kevin Givens came as a surprise and, to a degree, so did offensive tackle Ryan Bates."

This is on top of the graduation of quarterback Trace McSorley, who has obviously been huge for Penn State over the last three years.

On top of the NFL Draft hopefuls, Penn State football could lose up to 11 players to transfer, as of today.

That is the number of players that are currently known to be in the NCAA Transfer Portal. From the York Dispatch:

Safety Ayron Monroe became the latest player to announce he was transferring, with a tweet late Tuesday afternoon that explained he will switch schools after graduating in the spring. He is the 16th Penn State player this offseason who intends to leave early. Two others — offensive lineman Alex Gellerstedt and tight end Danny Dalton — were also found on the transfer portal Tuesday, per a report from 247 Sports.


Others who intend to transfer include linebacker Dae’lun Darien, wideout Juwan Johnson, safety Lamont Wade, cornerback Zech McPhearson, wideout Brandon Polk, offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins, safety Isaiah Humphries and linebacker Brelin Faison-Walden.

Entrance into the NCAA Transfer Portal doesn't mean a player will definitely leave, but it is definitely troubling for Penn State's depth in 2019.

Penn State's 2019 recruiting class currently features 11 players who've already enrolled, and another seven signees, per 247Sports. With these departures, Penn State is definitely going to have room to add to the currently-11th ranked class in the country, and they may need to given potential depth concerns heading into next year.

[York Dispatch]