Paul Jones Leaves Penn State Team


By Guy Cipriano gciprian@centredaily.comState CollegeCentre Daily Times

                                    Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien confirmed at practice Wednesday that sophomore Paul Jones has left the team for personal reasons.

Jones, a high-profile recruit from Sto-Rox High School, never threw an official pass for Penn State. He did not play last season because of academic trouble. This season, he fell to third on the depth chart behind true freshman Steven Bench.

Jones was recently moved to tight  end and appeared in his first college game two weeks ago against Navy.  He also played the “F” tight end position last weekend against Temple. He caught one pass for seven yards against Navy and lost seven yards on a carry against the Owls.

Jones was not avialble for comment, but tweeted, “Just want to say thank you to everyone that has reached out to me offering their suport. I really appreciate it.”

Quarterback Matt McGloin said in a conference call with reporters earlier today that Jones didn’t attend Tuesday’s practice. McGloin said he was uncertain about Jones’ future with the team.

“I honestly have no idea,” McGloin said. “I know what you guys know. That he wasn’t at practice (Tuesday). I don’t know where he stands with the coaches or anything like that.

“He’s the type of kid that wants to contribute any way he can, whether it’s as a tight end or quarterback,” McGloin said. “It was really upsetting to see him make the decision. At the same time, he has to do what’s best for him. Whether he comes back or decides to leave, I wish him the best of luck.”

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