The Penn State Nittany Lions are probably going to lose a number of star players due to their NCAA sanctions and the free reign that their players have to transfer. The likes of Rob Bolden and Silas Redd are expected to depart, but they've yet to decide on their futures. The first Penn State transfer isn't a huge name, but is likely the beginning of an exodus from the football program.
The man with the distinction of leaving Penn State first is Tim Buckley, a redshirt freshman safety. Buckley, who hails from North Carolina, has decided to move closer to home and transfer to N.C. State. He was the No. 2 free safety on Penn State's depth chart heading into the season and would have had a very good shot at playing time if he stuck around. He may not play immediately for the Wolfpack, but Tom O'Brien will be happy to lock up a solid player with four years of eligibility remaining.
For more on Buckley and the Wolfpack, head over to Backing the Pack. For more on Penn State's ongoing transfer situation, check out this Storystream. For more on Nittany Lions football, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire, SB Nation Pittsburgh and SB Nation Philly.