Penn State has dismissed two players for violation of team rules, including starting linebacker Manny Bowen. Reserve wide receiver Irvin Charles was also dismissed, as the team made official earlier today.
Bowen was the team’s starting outside linebacker, opposite Koa Farmer, prior to being suspended for the final three games of the regular season. Senior Brandon Smith started in his place, and will again line up at the will linebacker position for the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday against Washington. Bowen, a junior, finished the regular season as the team’s fifth-leading tackler, with 51. He also contributed a forced fumble and pass deflection. Bowen had previously been suspended for the Rose Bowl for violating team rules prior to the game.
Irvin Charles possessed a terrific combination of size and athleticism, but it did not translate to much productivity on the field during his first two years of eligibility. He leaves Penn State with three career receptions for 110 yards, including a memorable 80-yard touchdown that helped propel a dramatic comeback victory against Minnesota in 2016. Charles did become a major contributor on special teams in 2017, including a forced fumble recovered by Nick Scott for a 13-yard touchdown against Indiana.
From Penn State director of communications Kris Peterson, in an email to PennLive:
"Manny Bowen and Irvin Charles are no longer members of the Penn State football team due to a violation of team rules. We appreciate their contributions to the program and wish them success in the future."