Dallas Colleges: 2012 Penn State transfers

Penn State kicker Fera transferring to Texas

August, 2, 2012
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.

Penn State transfers headed to the Big 12?

July, 27, 2012
DALLAS -- Big 12 coaches aren't ruling out any ideas of bringing in transfers from Penn State.

The NCAA levied historic sanctions against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. As part of it, players can transfer without having to sit out a season, and coaches may contact players.

Several Big 12 coaches say they're open to the idea. Asked if he'd scanned Penn State's roster, Kansas coach Charlie Weis had a simple answer: "Yes."

"You have to be respectful to Coach (Bill) O'Brien and the people who are trying to make good of a bad situation. But, at the same time, the rules are the rules," Weis said. "When the dust settles, I think there will be several players that entertain the thought of going somewhere else, especially the way it was presented to them.

"So I think that any program that didn't do homework prior to this decision coming out, you know, was behind on that one."

Weis has brought in a parade of transfers to Kansas, including three from his former school, Notre Dame.

"We don't take a whole lot of transfers. ... you take transfers if you need immediate help. That's what transfers are all about," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. "I think it can be beneficial if you identify what your needs are."

The key now, Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy says, is keeping an open mind. The distance between the schools could complicate any possible transfers.

"It's not a priority for us right now," he said. "But if there were some interest out there, I would think just like any other business or any other football team, you would look at it."

Gundy hasn't had much success with transfers, though the Cowboys took in former Arizona quarterback Daxx Garman this offseason.

One school which has cashed in on transfers lately is Baylor. The Bears will have two big new names on the field this season: running back Lache Seastrunk from Oregon, and former Michigan receiver Darryl Stonum. The school also reportedly added Colorado State linebacker Mike Orakpo. Stonum and Orakpo had major legal issues, and Seastrunk was at the center of a recruiting controversy in Eugene, but bringing in players boils down to one thing, Baylor coach Art Briles said.

"If a guy can play, we're going to look at him without question. I like getting guys that are mature," Briles said. "Not that 18yearolds are not, but when you take a guy that's been through a few trials and tribulations and understands what's important, what's not, and has experience -- because there's one thing money can't buy, and that's experience, you gotta live it, you've got to taste it, you've got to feel it -- then we know what we're getting, too."
Penn State junior kicker Anthony Fera has contacted the Longhorns about joining their program, his father told ESPN.com, and he’s returning home this weekend to consider a visit to Texas.

Tony Fera confirmed that his son is planning to visit his family in Cypress, Texas, on Saturday to discuss his potential transfer options.

“There’s a lot of rumors flying around about if he’s going to Texas or all these schools,” Tony Fera said. “I can say he’s coming home to his parents this weekend and that he’s going to consider a visit while he’s down here.”

Fera, a Houston St. Piux X product, has heard from more than a dozen schools this week. He’s still contemplating staying at Penn State, where he’s on track to graduate in December. If he does leave the Nittany Lions in the wake of the program’s severe NCAA sanctions, it will most likely be for a chance to play closer to home.

“We’re certainly considering that, and UT is one of the schools that we’d consider hearing what they have to say,” Tony Fera said.

As a redshirt sophomore, Fera became the first Nittany Lion since Chirs Bahr in 1975 to be the starter for field goals, kickoffs and punts a season ago.

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