Penn State transfers land in Pac-12; none coming to Arizonaby Anthony Gimino on Aug. 01, 2012, under Arizona football, Sports
The Pac-12 will welcome at least two Penn State transfers, but the Arizona Wildcats aren’t expected to be a landing spot.
Coach Rich Rodriguez said last week that a couple of players had contacted the UA staff, but there has been no further developments as the Cats reported to camp Wednesday afternoon.
“We had a handful that reached out to us and we talked,” Rodriguez said Wednesday, “but at this point we are not actively pursuing any of them.”
Penn State standout running back Silas Redd will transfer to USC, solving the Trojans’ depth issues at tailback and giving coach Lane Kiffin two 1,000-yard rushers in his backfield. Redd, a junior, rushed for 1,241 yards last season. Senior Curtis McNeal rushed for 1,005 yards last season.
Nittany Lions linebacker Khairi Fortt is another transfer who should make an immediate impact in the Pac-12. He will join the Cal Bears, which are looking to replace both inside linebackers in their 3-4 scheme. Fortt made 33 tackles, including six for loss and two sacks last season.
Penn State players are able to transfer and be immediately eligible in the wake of NCAA sanctions because of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.