• McGloin surprised by Kersey’s departure

    Quarterback Matt McGloin said he was surprised that wide receiver Shawney Kersey left the Penn State football team Tuesday, but that the Nittany Lions have to move on.

    “It was a surprise to me,” McGloin said. “At the same time we can’t focus on what happened. We can’t focus on what other people decide to do. We just have to focus on the people we have there now. There’s no doubt one of our other wideouts will step up and do a great job.”

    Kersey, a fourth-year junior from Woodbury, N.J., and a three-star recruit, left the team for personal reasons, according to a statement released Wednesday by Penn State, and will remain enrolled there.

    He was one of the starting wide receivers, along with Allen Robinson, and had six catches for 44 yards in two games, matching his receptions from his first two seasons.

    “I was close to Shawney,” cornerback Stephon Morris said. “We came in together as freshmen. I haven’t really talked to him. I’m moving forward. He’s not a focus at all. It’s all about getting a ‘W’ now.

    “I wish him the best, but right now he’s not a part of this team, so it don’t matter.”

    Alex Kenney, a third-year sophomore from State College, is the leading candidate to replace Kersey. Kenney, who has five catches for 71 yards, is the only other wide receiver besides Robinson with at least one catch this season.

    Other receivers who might see increased playing time are Brandon Moseby-Felder, Matt Zanellato and freshmen Trevor Williams and Eugene Lewis.

    “It’s definitely a tough loss for us, but Shawney had his reasons,” McGloin said. “I wish him the best of luck in whatever he does, but we still have a game to play.”

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