Redshirt junior wide receiver Shawney Kersey has left the Penn State football team for personal reasons, Penn State Assistant Athletic Director of Communications Jeff Nelson confirmed Wednesday.
Kersey's name was no longer listed on Penn State's official roster as of Wednesday morning. Nelson said Kersey remains enrolled at Penn State.
Kersey had caught six passes for 44 yards through Penn State's first two games of the season. He was Penn State's most experienced returning wideout following the transfer of senior Justin Brown. He had five catches for 108 yards in 2011. In 2010, he was occasionally involved in Penn State's return game on special teams.
Kersey's loss will increase the responsibility of redshirt sophomore Alex Kenney, whose five catches for 71 yards now make him Penn State's second-most productive wide receiver this season. Tight end Kyle Carter, who has 10 receptions for 107 yards through two games, will look to continue making an impact in the passing game as well.