The Nittany Lions lost a couple of contributors, including the possible replacement of Saquon Barkley in 2018.
Runner Andre Robinson and kicker Alex Barbir are no longer with the team, confirmed a spokesman for the program on Tuesday. the night. Both requested and were granted their launches to continue their careers elsewhere.
Neither Robinson nor Barbir are included in the Penn State list. The Lions 247 reported Barbir's news for the first time.
Robinson is a considerable loss to the Penn State runner group.
With Barkley probably advancing to the NFL after the Fiesta Bowl, Robinson was expected to compete for the No. 1 role alongside Miles Sanders and Mark Allen. Robinson, a second-year player of the redshirt, scored 196 yards on 38 carries (5.2 yards per attempt) and six touchdowns on the ground in 23 games played. He also caught a 40-yard touchdown last season.
Robinson, a product of Bishop McDevitt and former four-star prospect, came to Penn State in the same recruiting class as Barkley. With a bruise of 5 feet 9 inches and 223 pounds, Robinson was the 2013 PIAA Class 3A Player of the Year and accumulated 5,657 yards and 80 touchdowns in his high school career.
The writing was somewhat on the wall at Penn State for Robinson, however. He recorded a carry in the last eight games of the Nittany Lions, while Sanders, a promising sophomore and former five-star prospect, became the n. 2 behind Barkley at the end of the regular season.
Sanders, who has 19 carries in his last six games, is expected to start in 2018 if Barkley leaves. But Robinson would have been a welcome choice, especially in short yards. Without it, the remarkable backs of Penn State outside of Sanders and Allen are fast. The red shirt Journey Brown and 2018 commit Ricky Slade.
In the case of Barbir, the freshman of the redshirt spent 2017 as a substitute for Tyler Davis. Barbir handled six kickoffs and put two of them out of bounds.
With Barbir now out and Davis in his final year of eligibility, the starting position for the play places will be between walk-on kickers Carson Landis and Nick DeAngelis. The Nittany Lions also have a commitment to the 2018 kicker, Jake Pinegar, who could also consider next season.