Former QB Paul Jones to Enroll at Robert Morris

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On September 26th, Paul Jones’ Penn State Football career came to an end when he decided to leave the team. Next month, his academic career at the university will conclude, and yesterday, Jones announced on Twitter that he will be starting a new chapter of his life at Robert Morris University in the spring.

In a previous and subsequent tweet, Jones took the time to thank the coaches he had at Penn State and the friends he made during his three years in Happy Valley.

Jones’ story has been told several times prior. A hyped, four-star quarterback recruit out of high-school, he had fans of the Blue and White excited when he enrolled early in January 2010 and tossed two touchdown passes in the Blue-White game a few months later. Jones struggled with academics in his first two years of classes and was ineligible for the 2011 season after redshirting in 2010, but he improved his grades and was eligible this fall.

Off the field, things were in order, but Jones’ potential never came to fruition on the gridiron. After losing the quarterback competition to Matt McGloin last spring, he was passed by Steven Bench on the depth chart in early fall for the backup job, and coaches began using him as a wide receiver and tight end. The experiment lasted two games as Jones had a 7-yard reception against Navy followed by -7 yards rushing against Temple.

He decided that his goal was to still play quarterback, and he was going to do it somewhere else if he would never have the opportunity with the Nittany Lions. Even with this decision, Jones elected to finish out his courses through the conclusion of the fall semester.

Originally from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, Robert Morris, located in the Pittsburgh area, is a logical choice for Jones. They play in the Northeast Division of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and have a 4-6 record on the season. Jeff Sinclair has taken the majority of their snaps at quarterback this year and is a senior.

While he netted zero yards in his career, Jones’ somewhat bizarre Penn State story will not be soon forgotten as he continues to chase his dream elsewhere.

Photo By: Dave Cole

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Drew is a senior marketing major. This fall, he will be covering Penn State Football for Onward State. He is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and loves THON and Domonic Brown.

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