Ware Expected to Depart PSU

Penn State defensive tackle Brandon Ware expected to wrap up his career in Happy Valley due to academic issues.

After years of on and off struggles with his weight, injuries and academics, it appears that Brandon Ware's days playing football for Penn State are over.

The redshirt junior told the Patriot News via text he is "transferring for personal reasons," although the destination has not been decided on at this point. Ware is expected to transfer down to a lower football division to avoid having to sit out for a year.

Although Joe Paterno acknowledged Ware's academic struggles, he indicated in early April that he felt the defensive tackle was progressing on the right track, saying, "He's doing really well. He had a good semester academically, and the player's got ability. He's 320 pounds now, and he was 340, 350. We got him down by 20 pounds. He moves well, and he's got everything. He's going to be a really good football player. His problem again is academic."

Under new NCAA rules Ware's academic ineligibility would require him to sit out the 2011 season at PSU. Unlike in previous year's players cannot rely on summer sessions to aid in their achieving academic eligibility for the coming season.

In a strange twist Ware did not seem to be expecting to transfer based on his comments to the Daily Collegian on May 15, just a few days ago, saying, "My classes don't start until about June 13. I really don't have to be back until that time."

Aside from battling to keep his weight down, Ware suffered a broken foot in the preseason of 2009. He played in 11 games in 2010, grabbing two tackles.

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