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Penn State Football: First Nittany Lion Enters Transfer Portal

It is inevitable in the era of the transfer portal that every roster in college football will have turnover in the transfer portal each offseason. Penn State Football is no different.

On the day that the transfer portal opened, Penn State saw its first player enter the portal, according to Tyler Donohue at 247 Sports, punter Alex Bacchetta.

Penn State redshirt freshman punter Alex Bacchetta has entered the Transfer Portal, per @247Sports source.

He redshirted last fall, was a backup this season. FAU transfer Riley Thompson started for Lions.

— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) December 4, 2023


Bacchetta was the number four punter in the class of 2022 according to 247 Sports rankings and punted four times with an average of 40 yards in his two seasons in Happy Valley.

Bacchetta backed up Florida Atlantic transfer Riley Thompson this season and did not see the field in 12 games.

James Franklin previously announced that Penn State has sought a waiver for an extra year of eligibility for Riley Thompson, however a decision on that eligibility extension has not been publicly announced.

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Robert Casturo

Expertise: College Football, Penn State Football Education: Saint Vincent College, Penn State Law School Location: Washington, DC Experience: Robert Casturo has covered Penn State football for NittanyCentral since 2022. Casturo previously covered Penn State football through a social media presence (@PSU_FB_Thoughts on X) since 2019. Casturo earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Vincent College in 2015, where he was a punter for 1 season on the Saint Vincent College football team and worked in the athletic department for 2 years as a student manager. Casturo earned his JD from Penn State Law in 2018 where he was a senior editor of the Penn State Law Review.