Troy Reeder

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Penn State LB transferring to Delaware

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Penn State linebacker Troy Reeder is leaving the program and returning closer to home. The redshirt sophomore will be joining the Delaware Blue Hens, according to a report from Lions 247.

Reeder was Penn State’s fourth-leading tackler in 2015 with 67 tackles. For a defense that at times was in need of quality depth, Reeder tended to step up and make plays with some good signs of potential moving forward. At Delaware, he will join his younger brother, Colby Reeder, who committed to Delaware last week. Reeder’s father, Dan Reeder, also played for Delaware. Because Reeder is transferring to a program at the FCS level, he will be eligible to play right away in the fall for the Blue Hens of the CAA.

Reeder’s sudden departure adds to a growing list of roster amendments for Penn State this offseason. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg declared early for the NFL Draft. So did defensive tackle Austin Johnson. Tight end Adam Breneman was forced to retire due to chronic knee issues. Wide receiver Geno Lewis announced a transfer to Oklahoma. Penn State should be OK at the linebacker position in 2016 with Jason Cabinda, Nyeem Wartman-White and Brandon Bell all expected to be back. Penn State will also have a new defensive coordinator with Brent Pry being promoted to the role following the departure of Bob Shoop to Tennessee.

Penn State will also apparently be down a cornerback on the roster in 2016, according to Bob Flounders of The Patriot News;