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Former Penn State DB Tyler Rudolph Transferring to UMass

After not receiving much playoff time at Penn State, former Nittany Lions safety Tyler Rudolph appears to have found a new home.

Rudolph, a former four-star recruit who threw his name into the transfer portal days before Thanksgiving, tweeted Friday morning that he’s transferring to UMass. The 6-foot, 203-pound safety is a native of Waterbury, Connecticut, so the move will be one closer to home.

Rudolph didn’t receive much playing time at Penn State, partially due to the presence of safeties Jaquan Brisker and Ji’Ayir Brown. Rudolph played in three games over two seasons, making seven tackles. He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Brisker is out of eligibility and will enter the NFL Draft, while Brown must decide if he wants to use his additional season of eligible from the blanket waiver from the pandemic-impacted 2020 season. Jonathan Sutherland is another PSU safety that must decide his 2022 future with an optional season of eligibility. Fellow safety Keaton Ellis is expected to return.

Rudolph is the second former four-star saftey to enter the transfer portal, with Enzo Jennings doing the same.

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