Ex-PSU QB to transfer to Robert Morris
College Football Videos
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 email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- NFL parity makes playoff chase a multi-team muddle
- Finding balance between toughness, excessiveness key for Penguins’ Downie
- Iraqi family, torn apart for opposing Saddam, reunites in Pittsburgh
- Clues to Chief Justice John Roberts’ thinking on new ObamaCare case
- Inching closer to return, Pitt’s Wright could boost defense
- LaBar: Timing perfect for Sting’s debut at WWE’s Survivor Series
- Arziona’s Miller gets boost from Char Valley grad’s play
- CT scans can find smokers’ lung cancer early
- Two-alarm fire reported in Swissvale
- Stretch of Route 56 to close
- East Allegheny girls basketball team embraces new outlook