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Robert Morris quarterback Paul Jones likely will miss the upcoming football season because of academic ineligibility.

Jones, a senior, is not on the Colonials' roster, and he is not expected to rejoin the team this fall, assistant sports information director Spencer Kowitz said.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Sto-Rox alum transferred to Robert Morris in November 2012 after three discouraging seasons at Penn State, where he struggled to live up to his reputation as a four-star recruit. He completed 122 of 261 pass attempts for 1,651 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Colonials. He also threw 11 interceptions.

This is Jones' second go-round with grade trouble. In 2011, Jones was ruled academically ineligible at Penn State.

With Jones absent from the roster, Robert Morris will enter the season lacking a clear starter at quarterback. Akron transfer Marcus Prather, a junior, completed 28 of 59 passes for 347 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Junior Derik Abbott had the Colonials' only other pass attempt last season — he threw an interception.

Bill West is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at wwest@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BWest_Trib.

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