After the starting kicker missed four field goals and an extra point in a one-point loss to Virginia last weekend, one would think that the backup would be sitting on a prime piece of roster real estate.
Apparently, that line of thinking would be not exactly accurate.
With his name no longer appearing on the roster, the Centre Daily Times is reporting that kicker/punter Matt Marcincin has decided to leave the team due to personal reasons. Multiple media outlets subsequently confirmed the redshirt freshman’s departure, while the school later acknowledged the latest player to leave the football program.
Sam Ficken (pictured), he of the five missed kicks Saturday, is the only kicker currently listed on the Nittany Lions’ depth chart.
Marcincin is the second player to leave PSU this week due to personal reasons. It was reported Tuesday night that wide receiver Shawney Kersey, the Nittany Lions’ leading returning receiver thanks in large part to transfers, was leaving Happy Valley as well.
All told, ESPN.com writes, “Marcincin is the 13th player to depart the program in the wake of the NCAA sanctions levied against the program.”