Penn State Football: Tight End Dakota Royer Leaving Program
Dakota Royer, a redshirt sophomore listed as the third-string 'F' tight end in Bill O'Brien's offense entering preseason practice, has decided to leave the Penn State football program.
A team spokesman also confirmed Royer will remain enrolled at Penn State.
The Penn State football websites Lions247 and Blue White Illustrated first reported Royer's decision Wednesday night, which he said was made because of "circumstances beyond my control."
"Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control, it is with great regret that I feel it necessary to remove myself from the team," Royer said in a statement issued to both websites.
"I want to thank my teammates for their support and camaraderie, as well as Coach O’Brien and his staff for the opportunity. I will exercise my rights from the NCAA and continue my education at Penn State, and plan to graduate in May. My best wishes go out to the team for a very successful football season."
Under special transfer rules in the wake of the sanctions the NCAA levied on the program, a player can leave the team and remain on scholarship during his time at Penn State.
A phone call placed to the Royer home in Lancaster, Pa., was not immediately returned.
Royer, 6-foot-1, 228 pounds, was recruited as a linebacker out of Manheim Central. Scout.com tabbed him as the No. 18 linebacker in the country out of high school, but his career never materialized. An early enrollee and redshirt in 2010, he asked the coaching staff for a switch to tight end last spring because he believed it would better his chances for playing time.
Royer is the 10th player to leave the team since NCAA sanctions were announced July 23.