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Penn State's Ricky Slade (4) dives in for a touchdown as Appalachian State's Austin Exford (9) and Clifton Duck (4) try and to make the tackle during the second half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. Penn State won 45-38 in overtime.

STATE COLLEGE – Former Penn State running back Ricky Slade will join former Nittany Lions offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne at Old Dominion University.

Slade used Twitter to announce his landing destination of Norfolk, Virginia, on Friday.

“New beginnings… let’s get it @ODUFootball,” he tweeted.

In February, Slade entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal after becoming buried under the Nittany Lions’ depth chart at running back in 2019.

The former five-star recruit from Northern Virginia began the season as Penn State’s starter but was supplanted at various points of the season by Journey Brown and freshman Noah Cain.

Slade played in 12 contests last season, and ended the year with 214 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 47 carries. He gained a season-best 58 yards rushing in Penn State’s year-ending Cotton Bowl win against Memphis in December.

He concluded his Penn State career with 471 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on 92 carries.

Rahne was named head coach at Old Dominion in December to end a six-year career at Penn State, where he served as quarterbacks coach during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Old Dominion went 1-11 overall and 0-8 in league play in Conference USA last season. Former Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder resigned from the position in December after 13 seasons with the program.

The Monarchs finished last in Conference USA in rushing behind 1,168 yards on 431 carries (97.3 yards per game) last season.

Elton Hayes is a veteran sports writer who covers Penn State for CNHI LLC publications. Contact him at ehayes@cnhi.com or follow him on Twitter @EHDC12.

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