Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Backup kicker leaves Nittany Lions

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

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.

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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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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

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