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Ex-Penn State corner headed to the Herd

Derrick Thomas AP

A Nittany Lion who decided to leave the program prior to the announcement of NCAA sanctions last month has reportedly found a new collegiate football home.

In a press release from the school, it was confirmed that cornerback Derrick Thomas has decided to transfer to Marshall and play for the Herd.  The redshirt junior practiced with his new teammates for the first time Thursday.

““We’re excited about him, he’s a great young guy and we’re happy that he’s a part of our program,” said head coach Doc Holliday in a statement. “He had an interest in playing for us, so we went through the proper procedures so that he can be here. We’re glad he is.”

Citing personal reasons, Thomas announced in late June that he was leaving Penn State.  However, because of the stipulations in the sanctions slapped on the Nittany Lions, Thomas will be eligible to play immediately in 2012.

A four-star member of PSU’s 2009 recruiting class, Thomas was ranked as the No. 28 corner in the country.  He played in 13 games the past two seasons, including nine in 2011.

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9 Responses to “Ex-Penn State corner headed to the Herd”
  1. sgtr0c says: Aug 10, 2012 11:33 AM

    Why is the pic of joepa? Couldn’t you just find a pic of a penn state corner in the file (you know, no names on jersey)? Why the ex coach?

  2. raysfan1 says: Aug 10, 2012 11:43 AM

    #5 in the picture IS the player referenced in this article.

  3. sgtr0c says: Aug 10, 2012 12:12 PM

    Ahh, I see it now. On the mobile app pic, it is just joepa and a small, blurry, white scribble in the lower left corner….. Yeah, I was totally off basis, barely a picuture of joepa…..

  4. raysfan1 says: Aug 10, 2012 12:17 PM

    Not at all off base, including the sarcasm. Just pointing out that they did at least include the kid in the picture.

  5. stairwayto7 says: Aug 10, 2012 2:40 PM

    How many BCS bowl games will he go to now?

  6. thetooloftools says: Aug 10, 2012 3:06 PM

    The only players staying at Penn State are the ones nobody really wants anyway. I can’t believe they are complaining about the NCAA coming down on them.

  7. djstat says: Aug 10, 2012 3:43 PM

    Penn state fans and apologists just don’t get it. Hopefully all their recruits for 2013 wise up and walk

  8. dutchman1350 says: Aug 10, 2012 4:59 PM

    This guy was dismissed from the PSU team, but the football culture at Marshall is just fine.

  9. indywvu says: Aug 10, 2012 7:36 PM

    So, Huntington Community College has taken on two DBs from Boston College and now one from Penn State. They are doing everything they can to try to beat WVU in this last game of the series. Good luck.

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