For the second time this summer, a promising Penn State player has been forced to give up football for medical reasons.
Backup quarterback Jake Zembiec — a sophomore who completed 6 of 12 passes for a touchdown and rushed for 36 yards during the Blue-White Game in April — announced via his Twitter account Tuesday night that he is accepting a medical scholarship “due to an ongoing injury” and will no longer be a player in the program.
There has been no word on the specific injury, but Zembiec has battled health issues since he arrived on campus as part of the 2016 recruiting class. Zembiec’s departure leaves the Nittany Lions with four scholarship players at quarterback (senior Trace McSorley, junior Tommy Stevens, redshirt freshman Sean Clifford and true freshman Will Levis). Clifford has earned rave reviews from the coaching staff for his command of the offense, and offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne said over the weekend that he has taken the next step in his preparation and leadership. So, it sounded as if Clifford had taken firm hold of the third-team role, one he battled most of last season for with Zembiec.
Zembiec was a pretty good recruit out of the Rochester, N.Y., area coming out of high school, a four-star kid with a big arm and some mobility. Sounds like he’ll still have some kind of role within the program, though.
— ZEM🚴🏼 (@jakezembiec) August 7, 2018