Penn State lost its 14th player since the football program was hit with NCAA sanctions this summer in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal when tight end Paul Jones left Wednesday. The redshirt freshman, who recently was moved from quarterback, left the team Wednesday for personal reasons, coach Bill O'Brien said. "He will no longer be on the Penn State football team," O'Brien told NittanyNation.com. Of the 14, nine have transferred and five are still at Penn State as students. There is some question if the decision was made by Jones, who told The Daily Collegian, Penn State's student newspaper, on Wednesday that he wasn't sure whether he was still with the team. Jones missed practice Tuesday. Jones, who was passed on the quarterback depth chart by freshman Steven Bench, considered transferring to Pittsburgh after the NCAA sanctions allowing player movement were announced. However, he changed his mind. "I wouldn't turn my back on these guys because I know they wouldn't turn their back on me," he said then. Jones is unable to transfer this season to another school because he already has participated in a game this season. He can transfer and be immediately eligible at any school next season.
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