Sunday, November 29, 2015

What ever happened to Paul Jones?

Amid all the talk about the competition between Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin this season, many might have forgotten about another quarterback who might have a role in Penn State's future.

What ever happened to Paul Jones?


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.”

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Jones, a 6-foot-3, 242-pound quarterback from McKees Rocks came to Penn State with plenty of hype. ranked Jones the No. 2 prep quarterback in the nation, and 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.”

--Jake 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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