Herd picks up wideout transfer from Penn State
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Marshall's role as a refugee camp of sorts for Penn State players has grown this week with the addition of wide receiver Shawney Kersey.
Kersey, a 6-foot-1 native of Woodbury, N.J., has enrolled in the spring semester, an MU source confirmed Tuesday. He joins two other former Nittany Lions, cornerback Derrick Thomas and wide receiver Devon "Moo Moo" Smith.
Kersey started the Nittany Lions' first two games last season, catching six passes for 44 yards before leaving the team for "personal reasons." He remained at State College for the rest of the semester.
Penn State players have been able to transfer without penalty after the Nittany Lions were hit with unprecedented NCAA sanctions in the Jerry Sandusky case. Those included a four-year postseason ban.
Kersey had five receptions for 108 yards in the 2011 season, but he was returning as the most experienced player on the team at that position. For 2013, Marshall needs such experience at the outside receiver spots after Aaron Dobson and Antavious Wilson finished their careers.
Kersey had a wide range of reported offers coming out of high school, including schools such as West Virginia, Wisconsin and Michigan State. Rivals ranked him 55th in the nation at the position, 13th in the state of New Jersey.
Kersey has one year of eligibility, as does Smith, a 5-foot-7 speedster who took a redshirt last year after arriving from Penn State. Thomas started eight games for the Herd at cornerback, making 53 tackles and intercepting a pass.
While Marshall gained a receiver, coach Doc Holliday's staff lost a strength and conditioning coach - again. Joe Miday is joining Bobby Petrino's new staff at Western Kentucky, that school announced Tuesday.
That leaves Holliday to hire his fifth strength and conditioning coach.
Frank Piraino left in January 2011 for a similar job at Temple. After that, Scott Bennett lasted less than six months before reportedly being forced out, and James Townsend resigned in September 2011, just four months into the job.
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