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Updated: Penn State kicker next to depart, heads to Texas

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It’s been making its way through the rumor mill for some time, but the departure of Penn State kicker Anthony Fera is about as official as it can be without a statement.

Orangebloods.com was on the story last night that Fera, a second-team All-Big Ten selection last year, was heading to Texas. ESPN’s Joe Schad was one of several to report the same thing this morning and the school confirmed Fera was on roster Thursday afternoon.

It feels weird typing this, but Fera is probably the biggest loss for Penn State behind Silas Redd, who transferred to USC earlier this week — that is if you want to put rankings on these kinds of things. Fera was the guy or the Nittany Lions’ kicking game last year, averaging over 40 yards per punt and making 14-of-17 field goals.  He was also a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award.

Likewise, because it feels weird typing this too, Fera’s addition is huge for Texas. The Longhorns struggled in the kicking game this spring and Mack Brown has already been upgrading that department with former Duke punter Alex King earlier this summer.

Fera’s departure marks the sixth Penn State player to have transferred out of the program in the past several days.

Updated 5:45 p.m. ET: Here are Fera’s comments upon joining the Longhorns:

“The past few weeks have been extremely difficult as I’ve wrestled with the decision on my future. It’s been tough to endure, not only for me, but for my entire immediate family back in Texas, and the Penn State football family I have grown so fond of over the past three-and-a-half years. It has been hard to separate the two as my family and I have been accepted and treated so wonderfully by everyone in the Penn State community. For that, we are all truly grateful.

“The decision to remain at Penn State has been complicated due to an illness in my family. Shortly before I arrived on campus, the most important person in my life was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis), making it more and more difficult to travel each weekend from Texas to see me play. The Lord works in mysterious ways, and I’ve been afforded the opportunity to give back to my family and make their lives a little easier by transferring to a university much closer to home, The University of Texas.

“I love Penn State University, my teammates, my coaches – both present and past – along with all of the great fans who have supported me and my teammates over the years. I made a promise to Coach Paterno and my family the day I arrived on campus to obtain a degree from Penn State University, which with the cooperation of the folks at Texas, I plan to fulfill over the next year. I will always proudly say that I am a Penn State alum!

“A new chapter in my life begins next week, and I am very excited to play for such a well-respected coach in Mack Brown, and a Longhorn football program that is traditionally one of the finest in the nation. My family and I had a chance to visit Austin and get to know the coaches and some of the players last weekend. It is a wonderful place and we had a great time. I feel like I can have another extended family in Austin, and I’m really looking forward to being a part of the team and campus community.

“I cherish my time at Penn State, but look forward to challenges ahead and the ability to compete on the playing field and in the classroom at another tremendous institution in The University of Texas. I want to wish Coach (Bill) O’Brien and his entire staff, my fellow teammates, and all of Nittany Nation the very best this upcoming season. I will be giving my all to the Longhorns, but will always be pulling for my friends and Nittany Lions family as well.”

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27 Responses to “Updated: Penn State kicker next to depart, heads to Texas”
  1. BPKay says: Aug 2, 2012 10:29 AM

    “Likewise, because it feels weird typing this too, Fera’s addition is huge for Texas. The Longhorns have struggled in the kicking game recently and Mack Brown has already been upgrading that department with former Duke punter Alex King earlier this summer.”

    I hope you’re talking about in spring practice, and not in an actual season. What with Justin Tucker leaving UT with a 40-48 FG record and 71-71 PAT.

  2. dkhhuey says: Aug 2, 2012 10:42 AM

    The bleeding is starting to get worse!

  3. Ben Kercheval says: Aug 2, 2012 10:44 AM

    @BP — yes, spring ball.

  4. RideSurf says: Aug 2, 2012 11:14 AM

    Good addition for them since they wont make it into the endzone.

    Boomer.

  5. centexhorn says: Aug 2, 2012 12:14 PM

    Bold talk, land thief. We’ll see you on October 13th.

  6. gatordontplay says: Aug 2, 2012 12:14 PM

    Coming to UT from penn state he should be used to going to in to the locker room from behind

  7. coolhorn says: Aug 2, 2012 12:17 PM

    Talk to me after the Red River Shootout sooner. I’m not quite getting the line about UT struggling in the kicking game last year. Did the OP like, actually, check his facts??? UT’s kicking game has been solid for years.

    That being said, Fera is a welcome addition, despite the circumstances under which the transfer is happening. Justin Tucker graduated, and all of the kickers on hand are young and inexperienced. A good kicking game can be worth one or two wins a year, and Fera gives UT a solid kicking game now.

  8. xtremesportsmaniac says: Aug 2, 2012 12:18 PM

    Is Mack Brown now a scumbag or is it just Kiffin?

  9. coolhorn says: Aug 2, 2012 12:23 PM

    No UT coaches made a recruiting trip to Penn State’s players. Fera decided to visit UT over the weekend. I’d say that’s a pretty big difference between the way Mack Brown does business and Kiffin’s S.O.P.

  10. RideSurf says: Aug 2, 2012 12:34 PM

    CenTexHorn,

    I don’t know about the thievery, I would go with “Capitalism” :D

    Oct 12th is like Christmas. Looking forward to it.

  11. gatordontplay says: Aug 2, 2012 12:35 PM

    Jerry Sandusky said he had “great legs” and a “very good feel”. For the game I guess.

  12. RideSurf says: Aug 2, 2012 12:39 PM

    Sorry, Oct. 13th.

    Why is there no edit feature? Pfft.

  13. thraiderskin says: Aug 2, 2012 12:53 PM

    @xtremesportsmaniac
    Good point, but I think the issue will come up that Mack Brown wasn’t so public with the recruitment, I don’t actually know if Brown even recruited the guy. Let’s not forget that these kids are looking for big programs that they fit as a need; perhaps he (Fera) called Texas.

    Also, I’m glad USC is back in the hunt, I just really appreciate their history and what they mean to college football, but Kiffin is a slime-ball, this whole PSU mess isn’t why everybody else in the country can’t stand the guy. You can appreciate your favorite school, but don’t try to defend the coach… he’s a jerk-off.

  14. galvezben says: Aug 2, 2012 12:59 PM

    Mack Brown can’t find a decent kicker in the state of Texas? Wow. I thought he was a recruiting genius. I mean, heck, look at all of those stellar QB’s he’s had recently.

  15. coolhorn says: Aug 2, 2012 1:04 PM

    This is what needs to be known about Anthony Fera heading to UT. He’s from Cypress, right outside of Houston. His two sisters have gone to UT. His family wants him to transfer to a school closer to them. Fera made a trip home so he could look over UT last weekend. The only recruiting Mack Brown did of Anthony Fera occurred on the UT campus, not Penn State’s. Nobody at UT openly courted Fera to transfer…he made his own choice after heading back to Penn State. Yep, I’d say there’s a pretty big difference in the way Mack Brown approached Fera, and the public courting of Redd by little Kiffin. Kiffin appropriated a booster’s fancy jet, and flew most of his coaching staff to the east coast to put the full court press on Redd. Draw your own conclusions as to which one is dancing on Penn State’s grave.

  16. TxGrown says: Aug 2, 2012 1:09 PM

    RideSurf says:
    Aug 2, 2012 12:39 PM
    Sorry, Oct. 13th.

    Why is there no edit feature? Pfft.
    ====================================================
    Should have kept it at the 12th . Because you won’t be feeling so good on the 13th.

  17. mungman69 says: Aug 2, 2012 1:16 PM

    Don’t worry about what Kiffin and Brown do. No one worried about what Sandusky and Paterno were doing. Pigs.

  18. tommy57 says: Aug 2, 2012 1:36 PM

    The loss of Redd and Fera impact the most, but the other departures, although of lesser significance to team potential, are also unwelcome (but understandable).

    For the next several weeks, I guess O’Brien’s depth chart will be maintained in pencil.

  19. RideSurf says: Aug 2, 2012 2:34 PM

    TxGrown,

    Properly right. Most likely from to much rum in the post celebration of OUr win. :D

  20. gopokes0714 says: Aug 2, 2012 3:06 PM

    I guess I will be the first to report Penn State WR Justin Brown will be a Sooner

  21. keeblertex says: Aug 2, 2012 3:24 PM

    @gatordontplay – Not funny. Really, child rape should be off limits.

  22. klownboy says: Aug 2, 2012 3:51 PM

    I enjoy spamming this site with links to my own site, but unfortunately this will be my last comment as I have been banned.

    Thanks, all, and have a good one.

  23. pitt4059 says: Aug 2, 2012 4:37 PM

    PSU may not have any TE’s on the roster pretty soon!

  24. stairwayto7 says: Aug 2, 2012 5:07 PM

    How many rednecks in Texas ever heard of this kicker before yesterday? Once again trolls say he sucks a week ago, now he is one of the nations top kickers?? See ya loser….

  25. lbijake says: Aug 2, 2012 6:23 PM

    Classy comments by Fera, hope all is well with his family. Subs can never be blamed for transferring with a chance to start. Fera, as a starter, definitely is correct in putting family above football, wish him the best.

    O’Brien can entice nest years recruits with the opportunity to start immediately. With the scholarship limits, they may even be able to play both ways.

  26. raysfan1 says: Aug 2, 2012 9:46 PM

    Stairwayto7 does not seem to understand what a troll is…it’s someone who makes posts that are intentionally offensive, and does not care about accuracy. The idiots who think themselves clever when they type “Pedophile State University” are trolls. People who act as if all Texans are rednecks or makes patently false claims that anyone was specifically insulting Fera is also a troll. People who are simply happy to have someone added to their favorite team are not trolls.

  27. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 2, 2012 11:54 PM

    Fera is a graduate from Houston St. Pius X High
    School, a Catholic High School. Texas college football coaches knew of his background and did recruit Fera.
    Fera chose PSU. To say that Texans are redneck because a PSU player chose to leave a football program that ceased to be a viable option for the player based on a deep personal and private reason, is myopic and very self centered. Fera is still planning to graduate from PSU which should be the focus of college athletes. Is Stairway to 7 merely miffed that the kid chose not to play football for PSU yet still getting his degree from PSU? Or is Stairwway to 7 a PSU supporter still in denial of what has happened to a once storied football program?

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