Penn State kicker Fera transferring to Texas
August, 2, 2012
By HornsNation staff | ESPN.com
Penn State kicker Anthony Fera will transfer to Texas, a source confirmed to ESPN.com’s Joe Schad.
The redshirt junior kicker has two years of remaining eligibility and will immediately compete for the Longhorns’ starting placekicking and punting duties.
The Houston St. Pius X grad and Cypress, Texas, native decided to join the Longhorns after visiting UT on Sunday and Monday.
In his first season as a two-way kicker, Fera connected on 14 of his 17 field goal attempts and averaged 42 yards on 64 punts in 2011. He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from ESPN.com as a sophomore and second-team recognition from coaches and media.
Fera joins a Texas team in need of experience at kicker following the graduate of kicker/punter Justin Tucker.
The Longhorns added transfer Alex King, a two-year starting punter at Duke, in the summer and also have sophomore Will Russ, redshirt freshman Ben Pruitt and true freshmen Nick Jordan and Nick Rose competing for kicking jobs.
Fera is the seventh Nittany Lion player who has elected to transfer following the NCAA’s sanctions against Penn State.
On Tuesday, PSU lost starting running back Silas Redd to USC, quarterback Rob Bolden to LSU and tight end Kevin Haplea to Florida State.
Linebacker Khairi Fortt also elected to transfer to Cal, safety Tim Buckley chose N.C. State, and defensive tackle Jamil Pollard reportedly left for Rutgers.
ESPN Films Presents: Nixon's National Champs - Nixon vs. Paterno
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State