Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Ware's departure thins PSU's line depth
By ESPN.com staff
Brandon Ware's promising yet disappointing Penn State career has come to an end.
The Lions defensive tackle told The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News on Tuesday that he intends to transfer for personal reasons, most likely to a lower-level program. PennState247.com reported that Ware was declared academically ineligible following the spring semester and would have to sit out the 2011 season if he remained at Penn State. Ware endured academic troubles throughout his time at Penn State and spent plenty of time in coach Joe Paterno's dog house.
I was pulling for Ware to make it at Penn State, especially after he had a strong spring. He seemed to finally be getting it, and Lions defensive tackle Devon Still told me in April, "I've seen Brandon play his best football since he's been here. He's just been more focused, and he's starting to learn that his opportunity is coming to an end."
Unfortunately, Ware's opportunity at Penn State appears to be over. The Lions certainly could have used Ware to solidify depth at tackle. They're extremely thin at the end spots and had to move tackle DaQuan Jones to the 5-technique this spring just to get another body on the field.
Still and Jordan Hill form a nice 1-2 punch at tackle, but Penn State's overall line depth is a concern with Ware's departure and the season-ending injury to end Pete Massaro, not to mention lingering injuries to ends Jack Crawford and Eric Latimore.