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Penn State Football: Quarterback DJ Crook Set For Transfer

by on January 09, 2015 11:45 AM

Penn State back-up quarterback DJ Crook has been granted his release and will transfer to Albany.

That's according to a tweet he posted late on Thursday night.

Crook walked on at Penn State after talks with then quarterback coach Charlie Fisher under former head coach Bill O'Brien. While technically buried deep on the Nittany Lion depth chart, Crook saw some limited playing time this season going 6-for-9 for 47 yards and a touchdown against UMass.

While Trace McSorley and Michael O'Connor were ahead of Crook on the depth chart head coach James Franklin's wish to redshirt both players resulted in Crook getting playing time that week. Crook's outing against UMass was the only instance during the 2014 season that Christian Hackenberg did not play.

Crook's transfer to Albany will likely be an easy situation for fans to support as Crook started his collegiate career sending letters to schools in hope of finding a place to play before ending up at Penn State as a walk-on. From thinking he may never play to throwing a touchdown in Beaver Stadium. Now headed to Albany a program with a 246-156 all-time record and finished last season 7-5.

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Crook follows the lead of Michael O'Connor who recently transfered from Penn State as well. That leaves Christian Hackenberg at the primary spot with Trace McSorley and incoming freshman Tommy Stevens as back ups. 

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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