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Penn State OL Ryan Nowicki To Transfer To Illinois

The eighth player to leave the Penn State program after the NCAA's punishments were handed down. Offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki has elected to leave the Nittany Lions to go play with the Illinois Fighting Illini this fall.

@azc_obert: OL Ryan Nowicki just told Illinois coaches he'll be playing for them, leaving Penn State

The loss shouldn't be that big for the Nittany Lions considering that Nowicki didn't even make Penn State's depth chart during spring practice, according to's Ben Jones. It's also odd seeing a player transfer from one Big 10 school to another.

The dominoes are likely to keep falling for the Penn State football team. However, the fact that only eight players have transferred out this close to the beginning of the academic year suggests how much these players are committed to staying and trying to help begin the healing process.

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