Amid all the talk about the competition between Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin this season, many might have forgotten about another quarterback who could have a role in Penn State’s future.
That signal caller – a highly touted recruit in 2010 – was asked about at coach Joe Paterno’s weekly press conference on Tuesday for the first time in quite a while.
How has Paul Jones, who enrolled at Penn State a semester before Bolden to get a jump-start on practice, handled his off time this fall due to being academically ineligible, a reporter asked.
“I think Paul's done very well,” Paterno said. “Now, I haven't got any grades yet. With Paul, he had not come here with the idea of – he had very bad study habits. He’s not a dumb kid.”
Jones, a 6-foot-3, 242-pound quarterback from McKees Rocks came to Penn State with plenty of hype. Scout.com ranked Jones the No. 2 prep quarterback in the nation, and rivals.com ranked him No. 8.
After enrolling in January of 2010, he was the star of that year’s Blue-White game, throwing the game’s only two touchdowns. But he has yet to play a meaningful down of football for the Nittany Lions.
Jones redshirted last season and has sat out this season with academic problems.
His future at Penn State remains uncertain. Though McGloin has just a year of eligibility left, Bolden has two and Skyler Morninwheg of St. Joseph’s Prep is coming in the fall as part of next year’s freshman class.
Where does that leave Jones?
Paterno, for one, sounded optimistic on Jones, who has three years of eligibility remaining.
“I think once he gets in the groove academically,” Paterno said, “I think he'll have a good future.”