by Dave Miller
August 02, 02012
Penn State junior kicker Anthony Fera is the latest player who is on the way out of Happy Valley.
The Texas native, who has been the regular starter in State College for field goals, kickoffs and punts, has decided to play his final two years of college football in Austin for head coach Mack Brown and the Longhorns.
The Ray Guy Award candidate was a 2011 second-team all-Big Ten selection by the media and coaches after being a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award. He connected on 14 of 17 field goals last fall and was 11-of-11 on attempts inside 40 yards. He averaged 42 yards on 64 punts with 18 kicks landing inside the 20.
The Longhorns needed to find a replacement for Justin Tucker, so Fera is a very valuable addition for the 'Horns. Sophomore Will Russ played in only one game in 2011, while true freshmen Nick Jordan and Nick Rose would also have been in the mix if Fera elected not to go to Austin. Senior Alex King, who transferred from Duke, could still press Fera for regular punting duties.
Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien will now likely go with sophomore Sam Ficken at kicker and junior Alex Butterworth as the team's punter.
Fera is the sixth Penn State player to transfer since the NCAA levied sanctions against PSU, joining Silas Redd (USC), linebacker Khairi Fortt (Cal), tight end Kevin Haplea (Florida State), quarterback Rob Bolden (LSU) and defensive lineman Jamil Pollard (Rutgers).
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