Former Downingtown East standout Pat Devlin has apparently suited up for the Penn State football squad for the last time.According to a statement released by PSU Sports Information Director Jeff Nelson, Devlin informed head coach Joe Paterno that he intends to transfer to another school. The red shirt sophomore quarterback will not participate in the upcoming Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 against Southern Cal, Nelson said.
According to multiple sources, Devlin cleared out his locker following practice on Tuesday. Calls to Devlin's cell phone on Wednesday were not returned.
Sources indicate that although Devlin has not yet decided where he is headed, he is looking to transfer to the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Div. I-AA). At that level, he would be eligible to play next fall, under NCAA guidelines, and retain two more years of eligibility.
If Devlin transferred to a Div. I-A school, he would be required to sit out the 2009 season.
The 6-foot-4, 222-pound Devlin has been the backup to starter Daryll Clark all season following an intense pre-season competition. Clark was granted an extra year of eligibility in September after meeting certain academic milestones, and immediately said he would be back for a fifth year next fall. Clark then went on to earn first-team All Big Ten honors for 2008.
At Downingtown East High School, Devlin established the Pennsylvania high school record for career passing yards (8,162) and was a Parade All-American as a senior in 2005. He made a verbal commitment to Miami Fla.) before changing his mind and signing with Penn State.
Devlin was red shirted as a true freshman, and then played in three games during the 2007 season, but failed to notch a completion.
This fall, Devlin saw action in 10 of 12 games, completing 53 percent of his passes including four touchdowns and zero interceptions. He grabbed the national spotlight on Oct. 25 by guiding the Lions to a pair of scoring drives in a critical 13-6 victory over Ohio State in Columbus while playing in relief of an injured Clark. Devlin did not complete a pass, but his one-yard fourth quarter plunge was the game's lone touchdown and wound up providing the winning points.
Paterno was unavailable for comment on Wednesday evening, but he will be holding a press conference during bowl media day on Friday.
"Devlin can do a lot of things. Devlin is a fine quarterback," Paterno said on Nov. 18 just prior to the regular season finale.