Kicker Fera leaves Nits

Posted: August 03, 2012

PENN STATE kicker-punter Anthony Fera is bolting for Texas. He is the second starter to depart Happy Valley this week following harsh NCAA sanctions against the program for the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

Fera has submitted paperwork to enroll at Texas this season, said a person with knowledge of the decision who requested anonymity because Texas has not yet announced the move. Penn State announced Thursday that Fera was no longer on its roster.

The junior with the powerful right leg was one of the top specialists in the Big Ten after hitting 14 of 17 field-goal tries and averaging 42 yards a punt last season.

In other Penn State news, coach Bill O'Brien was asked in an interview with 6ABC if he would have taken players from PSU if he were coaching another school:

"Hell no!" O'Brien said. "That's not the right thing to do, in my opinion. So I wouldn't do that. I'm not fighting for my career, I'm fighting for Penn State. For what's right about this football program and so, at the end of the day, like I said, these coaches are playing by the rules. That's what they're doing."

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