Shawney Kersey, Penn State's starter and most experienced player at the wide receiver position, has decided to leave the team for what has been called "personal reasons." The announcement was made via the football program's official Twitter account.
In two games this season, the 6'1 wideout caught six passes for 44 yards with his longest reception being just 13 yards. Last season, Kersey had five catches for 108 yards. With the scandal surrounding the program, which caused Justin Brown to transfer to Oklahoma and may have had a role in Devon Smith enrolling at Marshall, Kersey was expected to be a major contributor this season.
His departure from the program now opens the door for true freshman Trevor Williams to step into the starting role at receiver.
Kersey is the third player to leave the Nittany Lions since the start of preseason training camp. Luke Graham, a backup left tackle, and Dakota Royer, a tight end, both left the program in August but are still enrolled at the university.