Thursday, December 27, 2012
QB Rocco interested, but PSU not an option
By Josh Moyer
Former Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco, who was granted a release from his scholarship Nov. 30, has been in contact with Penn State -- but future scholarship restrictions have prevented any kind of transfer.
"There's been definite interest and some discussion," said his father, Frank, a PSU alum, "but my understanding is just the scholarship numbers are going to affect it. I think if that was different then we'd be very much heading down that path."
Penn State will have just 65 scholarships available in 2014, and it's set to have three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster by then.
Michael Rocco would have to sit out in 2013 due to transfer rules but could compete in 2014 as a redshirt senior if he opts to stay within the FBS. His father said he's already moved out of Charlottesville, and he'll make visits this week and next before enrolling in a new school.
The elder Rocco declined to name the schools still under consideration but said they involve the FBS and FCS. Michael last spoke with Penn State about a week ago, and his father said that no longer remains an option because of the restrictions.
"Penn State needed an additional quarterback for the spring, and Mike was ready to do that," Frank Rocco said. "Nonetheless, he's going to be somewhere in a couple weeks."
Michael Rocco threw for 2,671 yards in 2011, the most for a first-year starter in school history, and led the Cavaliers to an 8-5 record and its first bowl game since 2007. But Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims transferred to Virginia, and the two battled against one another for playing time throughout the 2012 season.
The Cavaliers finished a disappointing 4-8 this past season, and head coach Mike London fired four assistants.