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PSU transfer update: Part two

Rob Bolden is currently backing up Zach Mettenberger at LSU as he learns the Tigers' offense. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Nine Penn State players transferred to other schools since the sanctions, so NittanyNation decided to catch up with them to see how they're doing and what situations they're facing this season.

NittanyNation looked at four transfers earlier and takes a look at the final five now:

Silas Redd, running back, USC

Synopsis: Redd's shown he's exactly what USC's looking for -- versatile, good field vision, quick -- but the running back situation still isn't so cut and dried. Depth is lacking, but fifth-year senior Curtis McNeal appears to be ahead of Redd on the depth chart, according to WeAreSC. Redd will likely see time as a third-down back and will still see a lot of carries, but he doesn't appear to be the featured back. At least, not for now.

Quotables: "It's going well," Redd told the Stamford (Conn.) Advocate. "Everything is shaping up, I'm getting acclimated. The coaches are helpful. I'm happy. Football is football. You do the same thing, practice and meetings. It's not something I couldn't handle."

Rob Bolden, quarterback, LSU

Synopsis: Bolden's the No. 2 quarterback behind fellow junior Zach Mettenberger. He's still a while away from seeing playing time but could be used as a change-of-pace signal-caller later in the season. In a best-case scenario, he challenges Mettenberger for a starting job next season.

Quotables: "I tried to leave after my freshman year, and [Joe Paterno] declined the release for whatever reason, and I just continued to play after that," Bolden told GeauxTigerNation. "I was planning on transferring regardless of whatever all happened."

Anthony Fera, kicker, Texas

Synopsis: Fera received no guarantees he'd see a starting spot, but he was expected to compete. Unfortunately for Fera, a groin strain has kept him out of practice and it's not yet clear when he'll be at full strength. The Longhorns grabbed an incredibly accurate kicker here; he finished 14-of-17 last season. Still, he'll contribute once he returns, although likely in a diminished role at first.

Quotables: "I love Penn State University, my teammates, my coaches -- both present and past -- along with all of the great fans who have supported me and my teammates over the years," Fera said in a written statement. "I made a promise to Coach Paterno and my family the day I arrived on campus to obtain a degree from Penn State University, which with the cooperation of the folks at Texas, I plan to fulfill over the next year. I will always proudly say that I am a Penn State alum!"

Jamil Pollard, defensive tackle, Rutgers

Synopsis: Pollard has been understandably a little overshadowed with the Scarlet Knights' deep defensive line. He's clearly talented, but eight other DLs are either true freshmen or redshirt freshmen -- so Pollard might see a redshirt himself this season. He'll have to get past the likes of true freshman DT Darius Hamilton, ranked No. 69 in his class, to see playing time down the line.

Quotables: "I just felt like part of him wanted to be at Rutgers from the very beginning," Pollard's high school coach, Clyde Folsom, told NittanyNation. "And I just felt like this may have been an opportunity to make the move, and he did. I don't know if it was any of the sanctions against Penn State or if it was just an opportunity, or a combination of everything."

Ryan Nowicki, offensive line, Illinois

Synopsis: Nowicki hasn't done enough yet to convince Illinois coaches he deserves considerable time on the field. But, with two linemen set to graduate after this season, he and Nebraska transfer Ryan Klachko could contribute a lot in the future. Nowicki's listed at only 280 pounds, so another year of conditioning might do him some good. He has four years of eligibility left.

Quotables: "C'mon, that's like me saying I'm going to transfer to Michigan. How would you feel? How would they feel?" Penn State cornerback Stephon Morris said at media day. "Nah, that's a coward move to me."