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PSU QB Newsome leaves team, considering transfer
August 4, 2011 - Cory Giger
Kevin Newsome's father said his son "loves Penn State," but the junior quarterback is no longer part of the Nittany Lion football team and is considering transferring to another school.
"He's just trying to do what he thinks is in his best interest," Kevin Newsome Sr. said Thursday afternoon by phone. "He loves Penn State, but he's just trying to do what's in his best interest right now."
News broke Thursday morning about Newsome's decision to leave the football team -- Lions247.com broke the story -- and the Newsome family is still deciding what to do next.
"We're trying to work that out now," Newsome Sr. said. "You guys [in the media] are pretty good. Ya'll are real quick. Even though it's out there, we're still in the process of trying to work everything out, getting details kind of ironed out now."
Asked if it was a difficult decision for his son to leave the football program, Newsome Sr. said, "Of course. It's a huge decision. But we've just tried to take one step at a time."
Newsome backed up Darryl Clark as a true freshman in 2009 and was considered the frontrunner for the starting job entering 2010 preseason camp. He was beaten out by true freshman Rob Bolden and also was surpassed on the depth chart by Matt McGloin last season.
Newsome completed 6-of-13 passes for 78 yards and carried 13 times for 63 yards and one TD in limited duty last season. In 2009, he completed 8-of-11 passes for 66 yards and ran 20 times for 95 yards and 2 TDs.
Many have wondered if a position switch at PSU would be a possibility for Newsome, who never developed much as a quarterback. But he was dead set against that, saying after the Blue-White Game in April, ""I'm a quarterback. I am a quarterback until I die. ... I have to have the ball in my hands every play. That's the type of player I am. I want to lead my team to a championship."
With Newsome leaving and Paul Jones expected to be academically ineligible, Central Cambria product Shane McGregor now figures to be PSU's third-string quarterback behind Bolden and McGloin. Coach Joe Paterno has still yet to name his starter.