Reserve linebacker Gary Wooten Jr. will depart Penn State
January 12, 2016 3:46 PM
Reserve linebacker Gary Wooten Jr. joins starting linebacker Troy Reeder and reserve cornerback Daquan Worley who are also slated to leave the program.
By Audrey Snyder / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s flurry of offseason movement continues with the third transfer of Tuesday, this one coming from reserve linebacker Gary Wooten Jr. who will leave the program as a graduate transfer, a source confirmed to the Post-Gazette.
Wooten, who appeared in seven games this season and tallied seven tackles, joins starting linebacker Troy Reeder and reserve cornerback Daquan Worley who are also slated to leave the program. Since the conclusion of the TaxSlayer Bowl, Penn State lost underclassmen Christian Hackenberg and Austin Johnson to the NFL Draft, tight end Adam Breneman who ended his collegiate career due to a chronic knee injury, receiver Geno Lewis who transferred to Oklahoma, plus Reeder, Worley and Wooten. Penn State also lost defensive coordinator Bob Shoop to Tennessee and offensive line coach Herb Hand who went to Auburn, where they will hold the same positions.
James Franklin has not made himself available to the media since his TaxSlayer Bowl post-game availability, wrapping up the Lions’ second 7-6 season under his tenure.
Penn State will have the full allotment of 85 scholarships available this season and with the recent departures, four freshmen who early enrolled, and 14 others lined up as verbal pledges in the 2016 class.
Penn State will be around 81 scholarships by estimation counts.
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