Ex-PSU QB to transfer to Robert Morris
Paul Jones will resume his football career less than an hour from his family's home in Turtle Creek.
The Sto-Rox graduate will transfer from Penn State to Robert Morris at the end of the fall semester, and he will have two years of eligibility at the Division I FCS school.
Jones announced his decision on his Twitter account Monday, and his father, Paul, confirmed it.
“He's excited about it, and we're excited about it,” the elder Jones said. “It's going to be great to have him home.”
Paul Jones Sr. said his son looked at a handful of schools and that he and his wife left the decision of where to transfer up to his son. Robert Morris is not permitted to comment on Jones' transfer until it becomes official.
Jones' desire to play quarterback is why he will return to Pittsburgh.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder entered preseason practice at Penn State as the No. 2 quarterback, but coach Bill O'Brien moved him to tight end after the Sept. 1 season opener.
Jones practiced at quarterback and tight end and caught a 7-yard pass in Penn State's 34-7 win against Navy on Sept. 15.
Jones played one more game before leaving the team, ending a career that previously had been sidetracked by academic issues.
Jones, a highly touted recruit, didn't play his first two seasons because of grades, but he shored up his academics in the spring. He also showed O'Brien and his staff enough during spring drills to win the No. 2 job behind Matt McGloin.
O'Brien said during the first week of training camp that Jones would see playing time at quarterback, but McGloin shined during preseason drills, and true freshman Steven Bench started sharing repetitions with Jones behind McGloin.
Jones gets a fresh start at Robert Morris, which is 4-6 and finishes its season Saturday against visiting Monmouth.
Jeff Sinclair leads the Colonials in passing with 1,442 yards and 13 touchdowns, but the former Highlands standout is a senior. Jones will compete for the starting job in the spring.
Note: Penn State's final home against Wisconsin on Nov. 24 will be a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. The game will be telecast regionally by ABC and nationally by ESPN or ESPN2.
Scott Brown is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.