Penn State has lost redshirt sophomore tight end Dakota Royer, who's leaving the team but continuing his education at the school. The list of losses now stands at 10 players off the roster, plus five decommitted recruits.
Royer is the first of the departed players to stick around PSU. His exit could have less to do with the NCAA's sanctions and more to do with what he calls "circumstances beyond my control," but that's his business. He plans to graduate in May.
His departure won't be crushing for the Nittany Lions' on-field chances, but he did make for another young player that could've contributed on special teams (his experience is primarily on defense, actually) and may have been able to play on offense soon. With backup tight end Kevin Haplea leaving for Florida State, Royer was technically in competition for the second spot on the F tight end chart behind Kyle Carter. That job could now go to senior Brian Irvin.