D.J. Crook is moving on from Penn State after a brief stint as the Nittany Lions’ backup quarterback.
The redshirt freshman announced on Twitter his intentions to leave the Penn State football team. Crook tweeted that he will be transferring to Albany.
“I’m leaving Penn State on good terms and I wish the team the best of luck in the future!” Crook tweeted.
A Penn State spokesman confirmed Crook’s departure.
The 6-foot-1, 213-pound Crook walked on to the team last January and took a redshirt season. A native of West Barnstable, Mass., Crook spent most of last season running the scout team. Crook played in just one game for the Nittany Lions when he entered against UMass with Penn State leading 41-0 in the third quarter.
Crook completed six of nine passes for 57 yards and threw a touchdown to Brent Wilkerson in the game. He’s the second quarterback to leave Penn State this winter. Freshman Michael O’Connor left the team before the bowl game.
Crook’s departure leaves Penn State without a second quarterback with any game experience behind starter Christian Hackenberg who has two years of eligibility left. Hackenberg started all 25 games the last two seasons.
Freshman Trace McSorley redshirted this season and remains on the roster along with walk-on quarterback Billy Fessler. Early enrollee Tommy Stevens will join them this month. Penn State also has a commitment from three-star 2016 prospect Jake Zembiec.