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PSU redshirt junior Dailey, hero against Indiana, to give up senior season
November 22, 2010 - Cory Giger
Redshirt junior safety Andrew Dailey, the hero of Penn State's win over Indiana on Saturday as he made a game-changing blocked punt, has decided not to return for his final year of eligibility.
Dailey is listed among the 18 seniors who will play their final home game Saturday against Michigan State. PSU spokesman Jeff Nelson confirmed that Dailey, who is on pace to graduate in December, will forgo his final season of eligibility.
Dailey suffered a stinger injury in week seven against Minnesota and said he has been battling some effects of that. He has been playing, mostly on special teams.
"I've been battling a lot of stingers," Dailey said after the Indiana game. "It's from the neck going back, you get a lot of nerves running down the back of my neck all the way down to my arm."
Dailey blocked a punt with the game tied at 24 late in the third quarter against Indiana, and teammate James Van Fleet scooped it up and returned it for a go-ahead TD that led the Lions to a 41-24 victory.
Dailey was named Big Ten co-Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.
Dailey has 13 tackles in 10 games.
Redshirt junior defensive end Kevion Latham also will give up his final year of eligibility. He has six tackles in nine games this season.
Other underclassmen who have decided to leave the team early: redshirt juniors Tyler Ahrenhold (S), Jonathan Stewart (TE), Kyle Johnson (S) and Anthony Tortorelli (G), as well as redshirt sophomore David Soldner (PK).