Penn State football transfer joins Pittsburgh Panthers

Former Penn State football safety John Petrishen had left the Nittany Lions and joined forces with the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Tuesday was an emotional day for former Penn State football safety, John Petrishen. The senior safety decided to take to Twitter to announce that he was no longer going to play for the Nittany Lions moving forward. Instead, he was going to try out elsewhere as a graduate transfer.

We saw it coming as Petrishen wasn’t around for the Lions summer training camp. On Tuesday though, he made it officially official as he tweeted out his statement regarding his past and the future. In his note, Petrishen thanked Penn State for his “once in a lifetime” opportunity.

After dealing with a handful of injuries though, Petrishen seems to have fallen out of favor in the Lions defense. Therefore, he contributed mostly to special teams during his stint. Now that Petrishen is feeling better after multiple surgeries to his shoulder, he’s ready for a comeback.

Unfortunately, the comeback just won’t be at Penn State. Written in his statement, Petrishen wouldn’t mention where he was headed. In fact, it seemed like he was going to check out a few programs as if he was re-opening his recruitment for the first time since 2015.

That’s not the case, though. Less than 24 hours after making the departure from Happy Valley official, Petrishen was practicing on a football field in Pennsylvania, but it wasn’t Penn State.

Petrishen goes from the Lions to the Panthers

“We got one addition to our roster today,” Panthers’ head coach Pat Narduzzi mentioned during his pregame discussion with reporters. “We got a graduate transfer; John Petrishen has stepped in.” According to Narduzzi, Petrishen has been in talks with Pitt for the last few days now, discussing a potential move to the team.

Well, it turns out that it is official. With two years of eligibility left, Petrishen will continue his college career with the Panthers where he hopes to garner a more significant role outside of being primarily on special teams.


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