Penn State wide receiver Irvin Charles is no longer part of the Nittany Lions’ program, according to Greg Pickel of PennLive. It was first reported by 247Sports that Charles was not with the team in Arizona before Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl.
Penn State WR Irvin Charles no longer with football program
According to a Penn State spokesperson wide receiver Irv Charles is no longer a member of the Nittany Lions’ program.
— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) December 26, 2017
— Lions247 (@Lions247) December 26, 2017
Charles, a redshirt sophomore, appeared in 11 games for Penn State in 2017, and he had 1 catch for 4 yards. He also made an impact on special teams in kick and punt coverage. A 6-foot-4 target, Charles had 2 grabs for 106 yards and a touchdown last season.
The No. 9 Nittany Lions are also without linebacker Manny Bowen for the bowl game. Bowen missed Penn State’s final three regular season games for a violation of team rules and that suspension continued into bowl season. It’s unclear why Charles is not with the team, but James Franklin will hold a press conference later in the week.
Charles was a 4-star wide receiver out of Haddonfield, N.J. and the No. 38 wide receiver in the 2015 recruiting class.
Penn State, which went 10-2 in the regular season, is looking to cement a top-10 finish with a win over No. 11 Washington in the Fiesta Bowl.