Four players leave Penn State

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State sophomore wide receiver Richy Anderson, sophomore quarterback Austin Whipple, redshirt junior offensive lineman Anthony Alosi and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Jonathan Warner are no longer with the team, according to Penn State.

Anderson and Whipple plan to transfer; Alosi and Warner will remain Penn State students. Alosi is on track to graduate in August.

“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 release.

Alosi, who had been suspended indefinitely since being charged with simple assault and harassment this spring, Warner and Anderson were scholarship players. Their departures mean Penn State will have more flexibility in recruiting players for the class of 2015 when it is limited to 80 scholarships because of the 2012 NCAA sanctions. For this fall, Penn State currently has 75 scholarship players and could reduce its total by not renewing scholarships for walk-ons who received them last year.

However, the losses of Alosi, Anderson and Warner will be damaging for Penn State’s depth. Without Warner and Anderson, who had 13 receptions for 111 yards last year, Penn State has 10 wide receivers on the roster and only three with significant experience.

Throughout the spring, Franklin bemoaned the lack of depth on the offensive line. It was further depleted by an injury to Miles Dieffenbach, who reportedly will miss the season. Without Alosi, Penn State likely will have eight scholarship offensive linemen available to play this fall, including two players who switched to the position in the spring.

Mark Dent:, 412-439-3791 and Twitter @mdent05

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