Kicker-punter Anthony Fera has left Penn State, the second starter to depart Happy Valley this week following harsh NCAA sanctions against the program for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
A team spokesman said Thursday that Fera was no longer on the roster. The junior with the powerful right leg was one of the top specialists in the Big Ten after hitting 14 of 17 field-goal tries and averaging 42 yards a punt last season.
Incoming freshman defensive lineman Jamil Pollard, who had yet to play for coach Bill O'Brien, is also no longer with the squad, the team confirmed Thursday. Six players have now left the program this week in the wake of the NCAA penalties including a four-year postseason ban and significant scholarship reductions.
Fera, from Cypress, Texas, is the second starter to go. He was reportedly interested in returning to his home state to play for Texas, and a Longhorns spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.
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