Penn State has already lost 10 players from it's 2011 roster in the wake of sanctions the school received last month and another former player transferred this week although it's not necessarily a new loss. Redshirt junior cornerback Derrick Thomas transferred to Marshall this week, but he left the Penn State football team in late June due to personal reasons.
While Thomas left the team prior to the release of the sanctions against the program, he is able to transfer to Marshall without losing any eligibility as a result. He went through his first practice with the Thundering Herd on Thursday. Thomas appeared in nine games last season but did not travel with the team to the TicketCity Bowl.
At Marshall, Thomas will join his high school teammate Okechukwu Okoroha who transferred to the Thundering Herd from Boston College this offseason.