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Academics to likely claim ’11 season of Penn State QB Paul Jones


It’s unclear at this point in time just who will be Penn State’s starting quarterback will be, but we now know who it likely won’t be.

At the second day of the Big Ten’s media days, head coach Joe Paterno told reporters that No. 3 QB Paul Jones will likely miss the upcoming season due to academic issues.

I don’t think so,” JoePa said when asked if he thought the redshirt freshman would play in 2011.

It also should be noted that Jones had academic issues last year that led to a redshirt after he graduated high school early and enrolled at PSU in January of 2010.  And that was after he impressed during his first spring practice with the program.

Of course, this year Jones would likely have been mired at third on the depth chart as Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin are expected to renew their battle for the starting job once summer camp commences.  At the end of spring practice earlier this year and speaking of the QB job, JoePa said he’s “99-percent certain it’s going to be one of the two kids” referring to McGloin and Bolden.

Still, yet another lost on-the-field season certainly casts a shadow of a doubt on the future of a player who was a four-star prospect in 2010 and the No. 8 8 pro-style QB in the country for that recruiting class.

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4 Responses to “Academics to likely claim ’11 season of Penn State QB Paul Jones”
  1. illinoynce says: Jul 29, 2011 10:53 PM

    Way to go JoePa… 😦
    How are the Nits supposed to compete with the rest of the BCS if you keep stressing academics over athletics?!?!??

  2. corvusrex96 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:57 AM

    Joe please get in line with the majority of the BCS schools.
    Release academic records AFTER the season. Then these pesky grades won’t get in the way of the real purpose of college, winning football games

  3. beavo040 says: Aug 2, 2011 9:56 AM

    JoePa’s strict academic standards are what sets PSU apart from ALL the other universities in the BSC. Every year it’s the same, everyone rules out Penn State as a national championship contender before the season even starts. Correction, everyone rules out the Big Ten’s ability to send a team to the national title game. And for the most part it’s true. The Big Ten has much higher academic standards than all other BCS conferences….JoePa just raises the bar a bit higher than most. With only a 0.08% chance of a graduating high school senior making the NFL, these universities prone to academic fraud are not helping the cause of an abundance of morons we have already wondering around America. Approximately 6.0 percent, or less than one in 16 of all high school senior boys playing interscholastic football will go on to play football at a NCAA member institution. **Approximately one in 50, or 1.7 percent of NCAA senior football players will get drafted by a National Football League (NFL) team.
    Eight in 10,000, or approximately 0.08 percent of high school senior boys playing interscholastic football will eventually be drafted by an NFL team. (
    WE ARE……….PENN STATE (and competent)

  4. corvusrex96 says: Aug 4, 2011 8:32 PM


    You can tell that the previous 2 comments suggesting that PSU abandon academic standards are what we like to call “sarcasm” ?

    Geez ….

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