Sophomore Wide Receiver TJ Jones Enters the Transfer Portal

By Dan Smith on January 22, 2021 at 4:53 pm
Nov 7, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions players and coaches sing the alma mater following the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Sophomore wide receiver TJ Jones has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal.

Jones initially came to Penn State in the 2019 recruiting class, along with fellow Florida wide receiver John Dunmore. Dunmore announced his departure from the football team before the 2020 season started, and announced a transfer to Florida Atlantic in December. 

As a redshirt freshman in 2020, Jones appeared in the final seven games of the season. He played 1% of the total snaps at wide receiver. Jones did not record a reception, though it is not clear if he was ever targeted with a pass.

With Jahan Dotson returning for his senior season, and Parker Washington fresh off of a breakout season as a true freshman, two wide receiver spots are already locked down in 2021. The third appears to be in good hands with KeAndre Lambert-Smith flashing potential during his first season.

Senior Cam Sullivan-Brown and junior Daniel George will be the most experienced by years in the program, but neither has played a ton for this team. George began the 2020 season in the starting lineup, but was usurped by true freshman Lambert-Smith. He played about a third of the available snaps at wide receiver. Sullivan-Brown, meanwhile, has battled injuries throughout his career, and appeared in six percent of the wide receiver snaps while participating in five of the nine games in 2020.

Penn State is also adding a trio of talented receivers in the recently signed 2021 class with Lonnie White Jr., Liam Clifford, and Harrison Wallace.

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