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Freshman OL Nate Bruce no longer member of PSU football team

Photo from Nate Bruce Twitter

Freshman offensive lineman Nate Bruce, who enrolled early in January, is no longer listed as a member of the Penn State football team on the official roster. He has “given up football and will not return to the team,” according to a report this morning by Lions247.

Bruce did not take part in the Nittany Lions’ open spring scrimmages, and the report by Lions247 indicated Bruce left the program during the spring.

Bruce was a 3-star recruit from Harrisburg High School who was rated as the No. 14 prospect in Pennsylvania by 247Sports for the class of 2021. He was listed at 320 pounds in high school but was 351 pounds when he arrived at PSU.

This is what strength coach Dwight Galt said about Bruce during the spring (video in link below):

Dwight Galt on Nate Bruce

“Big Nate, came in about 30 pounds more, doesn’t quite have the same training background as Landon (Tengwall) did. But I tell you one thing, Nate is something. He is special. A special athlete and a special kid. He’s been phenomenal. This is all totally new to him. He never really trained like he has this last eight weeks. Talk about adapting quickly. He did a really good job, and he is tremendously strong. Nate has a great natural strength. Every day, he’s one of those guys, like every day he comes in, he does more than he did the last day. So it’s been really fun and really neat to kind of watch him grow and develop.”

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