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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

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.

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