Source: Penn State Football Defensive Tackle Judge Culpepper Enters Transfer Portal

Judge Culpepper #77 of the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Judge Culpepper #77 of the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

Penn State Football defensive tackle Judge Culpepper will be entering the transfer portal, per a source.

Penn State Football redshirt sophomore Judge Culpepper has entered the transfer portal, sources tell Victory Bell Rings.

Culpepper was part of the defensive tackle rotation, appearing in all nine games this season on the defensive line as well as special teams, recording five tackles and half a sack.

The Tampa, Florida native is a former three star recruit and has appeared in 22 games during his Penn State football career, never receiving a start and tallying only seven career tackles.

The move does not come as a total surprise as the defensive tackle position has been overly stocked by Franklin and might be the deepest position on the entire roster. Other young defensive tackles, Hakeem Beamon and Dvon Ellies seemed to be garnering more reps this season. The team most likely expects to lose Antonio Shelton to graduation, but expects junior PJ Mustipher and redshirt junior Fred Hansard back in 2021.

It is never necessarily a good thing to lose players to the transfer portal, however in the long run this could open up a roster spot for head coach James Franklin to gain a player form the portal. The Nittany Lions expect to be thin at defensive end and safety, expecting to lose two starters at each position this offseason.

Last week, Franklin specifically mentioned he will be looking at those two positions in the portal and to expect to be more active in the transfer market to plug the holes in this roster.

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