Tim Buckley left Penn State behind in hopes of helping hometown North Carolina State in its secondary.
The redshirt freshman was the first of the Nittany Lions players to transfer after the NCAA imposed heavy sanctions following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Buckley went to high school a short walk from the Wolfpack's Carter-Finley Stadium and is now working on the nearby practice fields in a crash-course effort to pick up N.C. State's plays.
Buckley says he's adjusting well, while coach Tom O'Brien said Buckley could help as a back-up safety and on special teams.
Cornerback David Amerson said the Wolfpack players haven't asked many questions about what it was like during the Penn State scandal, saying they know it was hard on Buckley to leave.