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.