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Jul 30, 2012 5:43 PM by AP

Safety becomes first player to leave Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State backup safety Tim Buckley is the first Nittany Lion to transfer in the wake of the NCAA sanctions against the university.

North Carolina State released a statement Monday announcing Buckley, a North Carolina native, would join the Wolfpack for the team's first practice Tuesday. The former walk-on redshirted last season at Penn State, so he'll have four years of eligibility left.

The NCAA allowed Penn State players to seek immediate transfers after the sanctions against the school for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Most of coach Bill O'Brien's players appear to be sticking Penn State, though a handful of other players are, at least, considering a transfer.

The most notable name is star tailback Silas Redd, who visited Southern California this weekend.

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