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Another Penn State player leaves the team

The Nittany Lions suffer another departure. Dave Miller

Print This August 09, 2012, 12:05 PM EST

Another Penn State player has elected to leave the football team.

Tight end Dakota Royer will no longer play for the Nittany Lions, making him the 10th scholarship player to leave the program since sanctions were handed down by the NCAA. Royer, however, will remain at Penn State as a student. He just won't be a part of the football program.

It's a big loss for the Nittany Lions because they are thin at the tight end position after Kevin Haplea decided to transfer to Florida State. As we've seen during his time with the NFL's New England Patriots, first-year Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien's offense utilizes the tight end heavily, specifically employing multiple tight end sets.

Garry Gilliam is slated to be the No. 1 tight end in State College, and look for Brian Irvin to assume the H-back role that Royer occupied. The shortage of experienced tight ends also makes it likely that sophomore Kyle Carter and freshman Jesse James will get increased reps. And if they make strides in preseason camp, they could see the field early.

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