Former Howland player leaving Penn State

Former Howland High School offensive lineman Anthony Stanko has decided to leave the Penn State University football program, according to multiple reports.

Stanko, a 2012 Howland graduate, was a redshirt freshman with the Nittany Lions. Stanko, who did not play last year, will stay on scholarship as a student at Penn State.

“I would say that Anthony Stanko has decided to leave the football team and stay on scholarship at Penn State, which he’s allowed to do, that’s his right to do,” Penn State coach Bill O’Brien told the Patriot-News.

Attempts to reach Stanko were unsuccessful.

Stanko was one of the first players to commit to the class of 2012 and one of the first to reaffirm his commitment to Penn State after the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case hit in November of 2011. Stanko is the second player since July, when the sanctions came down on Penn State by the NCAA, to leave the football team but remain at the school. Players are able to remain on scholarship at Penn State without being members of the team because the Nittany Lions are prohibited from revoking scholarships from current or incoming athletes due to the recent NCAA sanctions.