Penn State QB/TE leaves the program

Penn State has lost another member of its 2012 football team, as former backup quarterback Paul Jones has decided to leave the program.

Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien said Jones left for personal reasons and is no longer a member of the team.

Jones, who moved to tight end from quarterback in an attempt to get more playing time, did not attend practice Tuesday and O'Brien confirmed on Wednesday that Jones has left the team. The redshirt sophomore lost the starting quarterback job in the spring to Matt McGloin and had since been edged out for the No. 2 QB spot by Steven Bench.

Jones caught his only pass of the season at tight end on September 15 against Navy. In last week’s game against Temple, he took a handoff in the backfield and lost seven yards.

Throughout his career in State College, Jones had contemplated transferring multiple times after dealing with some academic and playing-time issues and even left the team for a short period during the summer.

If Jones decides to transfer to another FBS school, he'll have one year of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season. If he chooses an FCS option he could have two years of eligibility remaining.

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