Devlin To Transfer

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The Daily Collegian broke the news just over an hour ago:

Penn State backup quarterback Pat Devlin has told Joe Paterno he will transfer from Penn State according to a press release issued by the Penn State Sports Information Department Wednesday night.

Devlin is not going to travel with the team to the Rose Bowl – unfortunate when you not only consider what an asset a fantastic backup quarterback is to a football team, but the fact that he helped the team get there with his pivotal scoring drive against Ohio State on Oct. 25. It really makes you put Joe Paterno’s remark of “we’re lucky we have two quarterbacks” in perspective.

The Altoona Mirror had the following to offer:

A source who requested anonymity told the Mirror that Devlin is considering transferring to a Division I-AA school, thereby allowing him to play next season. If he were to transfer to another Division I school, NCAA rules would force him to sit out one season. Delaware, James Madison and Villanova are believed to be in the running for his services.

Obviously, I (as well as many, many other Penn State fans) have a million things to say about Devlin’s sudden decision to leave the Nittany Lion Football program. But that will have to wait until more information comes out.

Special thanks to Eli, who covered the story simultaneously, and collaborated on the final product.

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  1. I was disappointed to hear Devlin’s decision, but I respect his choice: he’s a very talented QB who didn’t see a lot of playing time. In high school he broke lots of Pennsylvania throwing records–that’s more than famous PA QBs like Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, or Joe Montana threw for. I am sure the Nittany Lions would have had an equally great season with Devlin at the helm, but I wish him all the best wherever he goes. Paul Ciancialo for the win.

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