Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past 24 hours, you’re well aware by now of Pat Devlin’s decision to transfer. At this point, it looks like he is headed to Delaware, an FCS school where he will be eligible to play immediately next fall instead of having to sit a year out.
I can’t blame Pat one bit for his decision, Daryll Clark had established himself as “the man” at QB and Pat could see the writing on the wall: that he wouldn’t be the full-time starter until 2010, his final year of eligibility. This became even more evident when Devlin did not see a single minute of action against Iowa despite the fact Clark showed played as if he was still suffering the after-effects of his concussion.
Rather than go down the path of Mike McQueary (who waited four long years, including two under Wally Richardson who many times frustrated the fans enough to call for his benching in favor of McQueary), Pat decided he’d rather have two years of solid PT in order to impress the NFL scouts and raise his draft stock high enough to become the next Joe Flacco.
Normally, a transfer such as this wouldn’t sting too badly but given our coaching staff’s ineptness as far as recruiting QB’s go (no QBs drafted in the past two years, *cough* JAY *cough*), this is a huge blow unless we land ourselves Kevin Newsome or Tajh Boyd so now is the time to light those candles and say a few prayers, Nittany Nation.