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Penn State Football: TE Dakota Royer Quits Team, Staying In Happy Valley

The Nittany Lions football program lost another player on Thursday morning. Tight end Dakota Royer announced that he was leaving the team. He did say that he would stay enrolled in at Penn State, targeting a May graduation.

Royer explained his decision in an announcement posted at on the Lions247 site. His statement said:

"Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control, it is with great regret that I feel it necessary to remove myself from the team. I want to thank my teammates for their support and camaraderie, as well as Coach O'Brien and his staff for the opportunity. I will exercise my rights from the NCAA and continue my education at Penn State, and plan to graduate in May. My best wishes go out to the team for a very successful football season."

Royer did not play in 2011. He was originally recruited as a defensive player, converted by Bill O'Brien in spring practices.

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