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2 Players On Penn State Defense Staying As Nittany Lions

Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien has his hands full trying to convince players not to transfer to greener pastures, but he's done well so far and has apparently convinced two more players to stick with the team. Linebacker Ben Kline and defensive tackle Kyle Baublitz announced via social media platforms that they will stay at Penn State.

Kline, a redshirt freshman, had reportedly been contacted and recruited by Arizona, Arizona State and Purdue, among others, while Baublitz, a redshirt sophomore, was supposedly recruited by several top programs, including West Virginia, Boston College and Texas Tech.

After receiving harsh sanctions from the NCAA, many believed that the logical step for most athletes, that would be forced to miss the opportunity to go to a bowl game, would be to leave. However, the Nittany Lions have held together relatively well so far.

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