The former-Penn State player, Anthony Fera, has transferred to be the kicker for the University of Texas.
The list of transfers from the Penn State football program is a growing one.
In the aftermath of the Penn State controversy and subsequent NCAA sanctions, a number of players have made the decision to leave and join other universities to escape the dim future that lies ahead for the Nittany Lion football program.
Each of the seven transferees thus far have taken advantage of the NCAA ruling that allows any current Penn State player or incoming freshman to transfer to another team and play immediately, with no penalty.
4-star cornerback Ross Douglas was the first to decommit, just minutes after the NCAA revealed their punishment, which set off a domino effect of departures.
The Texas Longhorns managed to nab one of those former-Penn State players. On Thursday morning, junior kicker/punter Anthony Fera chose to trade in his dark royal blue jersey and move south, where he will be slotted into the Longhorn roster as the starting placekicker.
Fera was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award in 2011, given annually to the nation’s top kicker. He was 14 for 17 in field goals on the season, connecting on every attempt from within the opponent’s 40-yard line. In addition, Fera doubled as Penn State’s punter and was also a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, which is given to the nation’s top punter.
However, he will be assuming only the kicking duties for Texas, as the Longhorns also received transfer-punter Alex King from Duke earlier in May. King averaged 42 yards per punt for the Blue Devils in 2011 and was a 2nd-team All ACC performer.
The additions of Anthony Fera and Alex King will shore up Texas’ kicking game for the 2012 season. Before adding them, the Longhorn’s special teams depth chart included four freshman kickers, one sophomore kicker, and one sophomore punter—all of which net a total of zero punts and kicks attempted at the college level.
Longhorn fans can all breathe a little bit easier with the experience and talent that Fera and King will bring to the special teams department.