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Penn State backup QB Devlin to transfer

December 10, 2008 9:58 PM

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Penn State backup quarterback Pat Devlin has decided to transfer, the school announced tonight.

"Sophomore quarterback Pat Devlin has informed Coach Joe Paterno that he intends to transfer," the school said in a statement. "He will not participate with the team in the Rose Bowl. The Penn State football program wishes him well at his new school."

Devlin, a Pennsylvania prep superstar who originally committed to Miami before switching to Penn State, appeared in 10 games this fall, passing for 459 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He lost the quarterback competition to Daryll Clark but played a valuable role in Penn State's 13-6 win at Ohio State after Clark left the game with a concussion.

Devlin said after the game that transferring never was a serious option after losing the battle for the starting job. But since Clark will be back next fall, Devlin likely would have been limited to only one season as the starter.

Devlin is expected to transfer to an FCS team, which won't require him to sit out a year.

His departure leaves Penn State with some serious depth issues at quarterback behind Clark. The Lions have one verbal commitment from a quarterback for 2009 (Curtis Drake) but likely will look to add another.

Penn State Nittany Lions, Pat Devlin, Joe Paterno, Daryll Clark, Curtis Drake

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