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Penn State Football: Defensive Tackle Damion Barber Enters Transfer Portal

by on June 01, 2020 12:52 PM

Penn State defensive tackle Damion Barber has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Barber announced his decision Monday morning on his personal Twitter account.

“Growing up as a kid from Harrisburg it was always my dream to play here at Penn State,” Barber wrote. “I succeeded that dream and have loved my time here at the university. I want to thank everyone who has supported me through my time here, I made so many friends and countless memories. I also want to give a special thanks to Coach Franklin, & the rest of the staff for taking a chance on me and letting me fulfill my dream out of high school.”

Barber, who is no longer listed on Penn State's active roster, appeared in eight games in 2019 totaling three tackles — two against Buffalo and one against Michigan State. He appeared in just three games during his redshirt freshman year in 2018.

Barber is the latest notable Nittany Lion to enter the transfer portal. Earlier this spring, offensive lineman Hunter Kelly announced his intent to transfer and wound up at UNC Charlotte. Additionally, wide receiver Justin Shorter transferred to Florida earlier this year.

Aside from those three departures Penn State has had a fairly calm offseason in terms of attrition, following a somewhat turbulent 2019 offseason, the first in which the NCAA transfer portal was active. The transfer portal allows student athletes — in all sports — to list their name as eligible for transfer without restriction by an athletes' current school or program and with no restrictions on where that student athlete can go.

Previously transfers had to be approved, and in some cases, programs would only allow a student athlete to transfer to certain institutions, such as schools outside the conference.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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