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Penn State Loses Top Scorer as Kicker Anthony Fera Leaves Team

Anthony Fera’s exit brings to six the number of football players who have left Penn State since the school was hit with sanctions. Photographer: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Anthony Fera’s exit brings to six the number of football players who have left Penn State since the school was hit with sanctions. Photographer: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Pennsylvania State University’s football team has lost its top two scorers from last season in the past two days, as starting kicker and punter Anthony Fera became the most recent player to leave the program.

Fera’s departure comes a day after running back Silas Redd transferred to the University of Southern California. Fera and Redd combined for 104 of the Nittany Lions’ 251 points last season, with Fera making 14 of 17 field-goal attempts while earning second-team All-Big Ten honors as a punter.

Fera, who is from Cypress, Texas, has committed to transfer to the University of Texas, ESPN reported. Penn State athletic department spokesman Jeff Nelson said in an e-mail that Fera is no longer on the Nittany Lions’ roster.

Fera’s exit brings to six the number of football players who have left Penn State since the school was hit with sanctions from the National Collegiate Athletic Association that include a four-year bowl ban. The program also lost 20 scholarships annually after the NCAA determined school officials tried to cover up child abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The NCAA said it would allow any entering or returning Penn State football player to transfer to another school and play immediately.

Louisiana State coach Les Miles said yesterday that former Penn State backup quarterback Rob Bolden was joining the Tigers. Miles said a roster spot opened when recruit Jeremy Liggins failed to qualify academically.

“We recruited him several years ago,” Miles said of Bolden. “Three months ago or so, he contacted us by way of his high school coach and said he was thinking about transferring irrespective of what’s going on.”

Linebacker Khairi Fortt also said yesterday he’d transfer to the University of California-Berkeley from Penn State.

Penn State has also had safety Tim Buckley transfer to North Carolina State and junior tight end Kevin Haplea leave for Florida State. ESPN reported that a Penn State recruit, defensive lineman Jamil Pollard from West Deptford, New Jersey, will go to Rutgers University.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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