Former Penn State defensive tackle Damion Barber decided to enter his name in the transfer portal a week ago, and now he’s found a new home.
Barber has announced that he will be continuing his career at the FCS level, transferring to Austin Peay. Because he is dropping down to the FCS division, he will be immediately eligible for the 2020 season. Barber will have two years of eligibility left with the Governors.
On Tuesday, Barber announced his decision with a post on Twitter.
Thank You GOD 🔴⚫️✍🏽 pic.twitter.com/BkSefn0APJ
— DameDot🙈🙉🙊 (@DamionOTOD) June 9, 2020
“Growing up as a kid from Harrisburg it was always my dream to play here at Penn State. I succeeded that dream and have loved my time here at the university,” Barber wrote. “I want to thank everyone who has supported me through my time here, I made so many friends and countless memories. I also want to give a special thanks to Coach [James] Franklin and the rest of the staff for taking a chance on me and letting me fulfill my dream out of high school.
“That being said, right now I feel as though the best chance for me and my career is to enter the transfer portal and continue my journey. Thank you Nittany Nation and WE ARE!”
Barber appeared in 11 games at Penn State, including eight during the 2019 season. He made three tackles while on the field last year.
Austin Peay competes in the Ohio Valley Conference. Last year, the team finished with an 11-4 record. The Governors reached the quarterfinal round of the FCS playoffs before being eliminated by Montana State.