Former Penn State Lineman Officially Joins Illini


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The University of Illinois says redshirt freshman offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki has completed his transfer from Penn State.

Illinois head coach Tim Beckman said Nowicki practiced Monday with the Illini at preseason camp. The 6-5, 280-pound lineman is among nine players who have left Penn State following NCAA sanctions imposed last month. The sanctions came after the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. Nittany Lion players are allowed to transfer and play elsewhere right away.

Illinois assistant coaches drew criticism for traveling to State College, Pa., immediately following the sanctions to speak to Nittany Lion players interested in leaving.

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