Penn State QB Jake Zembiec Ends Career for Medical Reasons

By Dan Smith on August 7, 2018 at 7:57 pm
Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Jake Zembiec (7) drops back to pass during the first quarter of the Blue-White game at Beaver Stadium.

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Redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Zembiec has announced via Twitter that he is ending his career and accepting a medical scholarship. The 6-foot-3, 219-pound Rochester, NY native had not gotten on the field for the Nittany Lions during his two years with the program, and fallen down the depth chart.

Trace McSorley will play his final year this fall, with Tommy Stevens backing up, and penciled into the starting role in 2019. Redshirt freshman Sean Clifford is the likely third string signal caller, and had claimed the third spot as a true freshman on the depth chart. Walk-on Billy Fessler also saw time last season over Zembiec.

Freshman Will Levis arrived on campus this spring, with four-star prospects Ta'Quan Roberson and Michael Johnson Jr. committed in the 2019 class. While it is unfortunate to see Zembiec's career presumably end any chance of transferring to play with another program, his intention to stick with the Nittany Lions is another testament to the family atmosphere preached by James Franklin.