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QB/TE Paul Jones leaves Penn State for ‘personal reasons’

Bill O'Brien, Paul Jones, Steven Bench AP

Though originally named the backup to starter Matt McGloin as of this summer, Penn State quarterback Paul Jones‘ days as a Nittany Lion are apparently over.

Jones, who has since been moved to tight end in an effort to get more playing time, was not on the field for practice Wednesday. Teammates said they didn’t know the reason behind the absence.

“I honestly have no idea,” McGloin said. “I know what you guys know. That he wasn’t at practice (Tuesday). I don’t know where he stands with the coaches or anything like that.”

Well, there isn’t much of a stance. Per coach Bill O’Brien, Jones (pictured, left) is no longer on the team because of “personal reasons.” Statecollege.com first reported Wednesday morning that Jones was on the way out.

Jones’ backup spot was eventually taken by Steven Bench. As the new “F” tight end, Jones has one catch for seven yards on the season.

Jones missed last season with academic issues.

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12 Responses to “QB/TE Paul Jones leaves Penn State for ‘personal reasons’”
  1. zhangocracy says: Sep 26, 2012 7:12 PM

    Apparently tight end at Penn State made him too much of a target.

  2. raysfan1 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:16 PM

    Classless jokes aside, I believe the ex-Nittany count is now 14.

  3. mauldawg says: Sep 27, 2012 7:58 AM

    PSU has lost 13 players from the 2012 season and 6 2013 have decommited.
    I hope the players keep on leaving.
    The sad part of this the the fans call the players that have left/decommited losers and have no heart and worse.The trash talk continues.Players are leaving because they can see the mess that PSU staff allowed to happen. I hope the rest of the 2013 commits wake up and decommit.How could and Mom or Dad want thier son to play for PSU is beyond me.

  4. dmvtransplant says: Sep 27, 2012 8:44 AM

    @ mauldawg

    I’m no Penn State fan, but if the STATs are correct they took a walk-on QB & practice squad receiver and made them the leading passer & receiver in their conference. I know that’s not saying much (because it’s the B1G), but an NFL staff running a college program usually is something a kid should consider if he wants to go Pro.

    Kind of like Miami under Butch Davis or USC under Pete. If I were a parent of an offensive player in high school considering where to play I’d make them consider it. Any school running a real pro offense is a plus, that’s why Oregon players aren’t considered high in the draft, just ask Darron Thomas.

  5. pitt4059 says: Sep 27, 2012 10:10 AM

    The Jones kid wanted to leave earlier, he just waited too long. Good for him for getting out although he threw away this season. Next year, the team will be walk-ons, mac school castoffs, and D2 caliber players with a smattering of the foolish recruits who chose to stay. I don’t care what kind of coach you have, NFL caliber or whatever, playing for a team comprised of that level of players will get you nowhere.

  6. mauldawg says: Sep 27, 2012 11:07 AM

    pitt4059 Could not have said it better.Anyone who is a football palyer with any talent will stay clear of PSU.PSU will get kids that would never gotten offers if PSU had not covered up/protected JS and whom ever else was involved.It wont be to long before we see how many others were in any way shape or form dirty at PSU.I feel that this runs much deeper than members at PSU.
    How long before O’Brien hits the road? This is not a great carrer choise for him or his staff.

  7. cbolt12 says: Sep 27, 2012 11:45 AM

    People the current staff and players had nothing to do with what went on, now if the parents don’t want o sent them there then that’s fine and their choice.

  8. dannythebisforbeast says: Sep 27, 2012 2:39 PM

    @mauldawg. I’ve been reading most of articles and comments when a player left PSU. I haven’t really seen the negative trash talking, ill will wishin comments you mention.

  9. Shawn D. Aiken says: Sep 27, 2012 4:12 PM

    They should never interview a fellow player in these situations. I mean…”“I honestly have no idea,” McGloin said. “I know what you guys know. That he wasn’t at practice (Tuesday). I don’t know where he stands with the coaches or anything like that.”

    Like c’mon…if you don’t have anything nice to say or something that at least shows some kind of genuine concern then don’t say anything at all. You suck with or without him, McLoin, and you’re as good a QB as I am a gymnast.

  10. stairwayto7 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:25 PM

    Wjy don’t this site keep weekly stats on all the PSU players that have left. Redd sucks, Boldin can’t the field, Ferra still has not played!

  11. richpsu76 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:55 PM

    Gotta appreciate the continuing piling on from our close rivals from the University of Pittsburgh…

    They are “challenged” to compete on the field and win with any degree of consistency, in academics, play a national schedule ? (Gardner-Webb) really, on national TV often, well perhaps not, have trouble keeping a coach, and play before 28,000 rabid fans. Can you spell irrelevant?

  12. richpsu76 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:19 PM

    Hey Mauldawg that is a pretty impressive handle by the way. Not sure what it means, but have at it.

    I do have a dog by the way, if she posted something here, she would probably have the sense to use spell check, you might want to try it.

    Your post is ignorant, kids and their parents choose Penn State because they get a quality education and have the ability to compete on and off the field with a quality staff and before 100,000 rabid fans.

    The staff will prepare them for life after football. How many of these kids get a real shot at the NFL, an education from a first class University is whats sets you up for success in the future.

    For what its worth you might want to check the quality of the Penn State recruits, they have commits from some of the top young men who are interested in the program for the right reasons.

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