Penn State football has hired former defensive end Torrence Brown as a graduate assistant to replace Deion Barnes, who was promoted to defensive line coach.
Barnes was originally hired as an analyst until he was promoted to his new position on James Franklin’s staff in the past week.
Brown, a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, played at Penn State from 2014-17 and recorded 52 tackles and two sacks in his career at Penn State before tearing his ACL in his senior season. He was supposed to medically retire but was granted an extra year of eligibility.
Brown played for Southern Mississippi in 2018 before becoming a graduate assistant at Marshall under Charles Huff, who coached Penn State from 2014-17, concurrent with when Brown played at Penn State.
It is expected that Brown will be working with Barnes to help coach the defensive line in the area of expertise.
With the hires of Brown and Barnes, Penn State still has an open off-field analyst position that is expected to be filled during spring practices. That role should be filled by the Blue-White game on April 15.