Penn State kicker Fera transferring to Texas

August, 2, 2012
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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.

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