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Sophomore safety Gordon enters transfer portal: A look at what it means for PSU

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Trent Gordon (19)

Redshirt sophomore safety Trent Gordon has entered the transfer portal, according to Rivals. Gordon came to Penn State in 2018 as a 4-star recruit by Rivals and 3-star by 247Sports.

Gordon appeared in three games this season but had no stats. He’s listed as a third-string safety on this week’s depth chart for the Michigan game, behind Lamont Wade and Ji’Ayir Brown.

Losing Gordon may not be a big blow this season. But he was a 4-star recruit for a reason and has played a good bit, so it could hurt the Lions depth next year when Wade is gone.

Gordon finished strong last season, recording five tackles (four solo) against Memphis in the Cotton Bowl. He also had two pass breakups and three tackles in the regular-season finale against Rutgers.

Gordon is from Spring, Texas. He appeared in four games his true freshman season in 2018, allowing him to maintain his redshirt. He then appeared in 10 games in 2019. He also earned the program’s Public Service Award at the team banquet following the season.

This could be just the beginning of the transfer situation for Penn State, which is off to an 0-5 start and likely will have other players seek to leave after the season.

The reference above to the new transfer rule is the upcoming rule to be voted on in January that will allow college football and basketball players to transfer one time during their careers and be immediately eligible without having to sit out a season.

Following is some of the good discussion had on Twitter this morning about the transfer situation.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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