Penn State suffered its ninth transfer since the NCAA sanctions were announced when wide receiver Justin Brown transferred to Oklahoma on Saturday. Brown was the second-leading wideout for the Nittany Lions in 2011, with 35 catches for 517 yards and two touchdowns.
When adding Brown to the list of recent defections from Penn State, the toll is adding up quickly. Penn State scored just 251 points in 2011, six of which were from a kick return touchdown. Between Brown and departed kicker Anthony Fera (transferred to Texas) and running back Silas Redd (transferred to USC), they scored 112 of the 245 offensive points. Other transferring players also scored points: Tight end Kevin Haplea had one receiving touchdown and backup quarterback Rob Bolden converted a two-point try against Alabama.
With 30 games under his belt, Brown was going to be the most experienced receiver for Penn State in 2012. He had 73 catches for 1,047 yards and three touchdowns in his career. Now, the Nittany Lions have no players returning who had more than five catches in 2011. Brown also returned punts for Penn State and had 27 returns for 220 yards to lead the team in 2011.