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Josh Marks to Pitt

Former Penn State guard Josh Marks has transferred to Pittsburgh, according to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. Last week, Lions coach Joe Paterno confirmed that Marks left the team, although he didn't give a solid reason. Reports were that Marks, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound redshirt frosh, was out of shape.

Josh Marks to Pitt

Former Penn State guard Josh Marks has transferred to Pittsburgh, according to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. Last week, Lions coach Joe Paterno confirmed that Marks left the team, although he didn't give a solid reason. Reports were that Marks, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound redshirt frosh, was out of shape.

Marks' leaving hurts Penn State's depth along the front line. He was expected to battle for the backup right guard spot behind Stefen Wisniewski after Mike Lucian was moved as the backup center to A.Q. Shipley. Redshirt freshman J.B. Walton looks like the obvious backup for now.

Last week at Media Day, Paterno confirmed that he was nervous about depth on the offensive line. "I think we've got five or six kids on the offensive line who I think can play with anybody," he said. "We can have a pretty good football team with them on the offensive line. But if one or two of those kids get hurt, I think one of the jobs we've got to do in preseason practice is to develop two or three offensive lineman."

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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