Backup kicker leaves Nittany Lions

For the second time in three days, a player has left the Nittany Lions.

Backup kicker Matt Marcincin, a redshirt freshman walk-on, was removed from Penn State's official roster on Thursday morning. It is unclear why he left. 

Redshirt junior wide receiver Shawney Kersey left the Nittany Lions for "personal reasons," coach Bill O'Brien announced on Tuesday via Twitter. 

Marcincin never appeared in a game, but O'Brien said on Tuesday that Penn State's kicking competition is open every week. Sophomore Sam Ficken has won that competition every week.

In last Saturday's loss to Virginia, Ficken missed four of five field goals -- including one from 20 yards. O'Brien kept Ficken in the entire game, though, including a 42-yard attempt in the last second of the game.

-Emily Kaplan

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