Penn State has issues with QB depth

Penn State will open preseason practice Thursday afternoon with questions about its depth at quarterback.

Junior Kevin Newsome is leaving the program and likely will seek a transfer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and 247sports.com are reporting. A team spokesman could not confirm Newsome's departure when contacted by ESPN.com.

Only days ago, Penn State coach Joe Paterno said redshirt freshman quarterback Paul Jones was academically ineligible. Add Newsome's reported departure and Penn State would be left with only two quarterbacks -- sophomore Rob Bolden and junior Matt McGloin -- who have game experience.

Bolden, who sought his release from the team in January and was denied, said last month that he's committed to staying at Penn State.

Newsome competed for the starting job last summer but slipped behind both Bolden and McGloin on the depth chart. He did not travel to the Outback Bowl as he contemplated his future but remained with the Nittany Lions through spring practice.

Paterno has said the starting job for the 2011 season almost certainly will go to Bolden or McGloin.

Newsome served as Penn State's backup quarterback as a freshman in 2009. He completed 14 of 24 passes for 144 yards in his career, and added 161 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.