After a rash of high profile transfers this week, Penn State fans received good news Friday afternoon with word that reserve tailback Curtis Dukes and backup linebacker Mike Hull have elected to remain with the Nittany Lions.
OrangeFizz.net, a Syracuse blog, broke the news that the upstate New York native Dukes will be sticking with the Lions. It was no secret that Dukes had an interest in transferring to the Orange, near his home in Watertown, NY, but Doug Marrone and his staff apparently did not show a mutual interest in the junior. Purdue, Florida Atlantic and Hawaii also showed an interest in the powerful runner. Dukes missed this spring with academic concerns, but figures to draw significant time, along with Bill Belton, in the PSU backfield.
Shortly after the Dukes news broke, Tim Owen from BlueWhiteIllustrated tweeted that linebacker Mike Hull will also stick around in Happy Valley. Hull, a native of Canonsburg, PA, had been considering a transfer to nearby Pitt before today’s news. Hull ended spring practice as the backup to All American candidate Gerald Hodges at one of the outside linebacker spots. While there is no information from the coaching staff as of yet, don’t be surprised to see Hull get a look at running back as well. With Silas Redd’s departure, and the rumored transfer of Akeel Lynch, depth in the backfield could be a concern, and Hull was a solid back during his high school days.
Attention now shifts back to Lynch, and senior wide receive Justin Brown, who is mulling an offer from Oklahoma
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