Four are leaving Franklin’s program
Two legacy players – receivers Richy Anderson and Jonathan Warner – were among four who left the Penn State football program Friday.
The day also marked the final one for beloved equipment manager Brad “Spider” Caldwell, who retired after 31 years at his position.
Offensive lineman Anthony Alosi and walk-on quarterback Austin Whipple joined Anderson and Warner as departures from the team. Anderson and Whipple plan to transfer, while Alosi and Warner will remain at PSU but not on the football team. Alosi is scheduled to graduate in August.
“We thank them for their contributions to the program and wish them well in their future academic and athletic endeavors,” PSU coach James Franklin said in a university statement.
Anderson is the only one of the departures who had made much of an impact on the field as he caught 13 passes for 111 yards as a freshman last year. A slot receiver, he’s the son of former PSU running back Richie Anderson.
Penn State has some highly rated young receivers new to the program, including speedy slot receiver De’Andre Thompkins, which likely would have cut into Anderson’s playing time.
Warner, son of former running back star Curt Warner, was a redshirt sophomore who didn’t make a catch in his PSU career.
Alosi’s departure was not a surprise given that he had been indefinitely suspended from the team after facing assault charges in the spring.
Whipple, a sophomore, had not seen any playing time in his career.
Spider’s last day
Caldwell’s retirement was announced a couple of weeks ago, and Friday he said his goodbyes on a video posted to YouTube by the university.
“I’ve just been humbled the last few weeks for the outpouring from fans, lettermen, alumni,” Caldwell said. “I just am so humbled that somebody who just washes clothes and fixes helmets would be cared about this much from the people, and I can’t thank everybody enough.
“I will forever be Penn State proud, forever be a Penn State fan and I’m excited for the future. I just can’t thank everybody enough for what they’ve done for me and given me this opportunity to live the dream here that I’ve lived for 31 years. Thanks, all.”