Penn State will look to hire its second wide receivers coach in as many seasons.
West Virginia on Friday evening introduced former Nittany Lions wide receivers coach Gerad Parker as its new offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach.
Parker arrived in Happy Valley last January as a replacement for former wide receivers coach David Corley.
In Parker’s lone season with the Nittany Lions, Penn State’s pass-catchers pulled in 217 receptions for 2,877 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2019. In 2018, Penn State receivers accounted for 2,835 yards and 21 touchdowns on 205 receptions.
Parker is the third Penn State assistant to depart the program this season.
Former offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne accepted a head coaching position at Old Dominion University in December, and Penn State failed to renew the contract for former offensive line coach Matt Limegrover earlier this month.
The loss of Parker further dings a position group that already carried a bit of uncertainty into the 2020 season. Former five-star prospect Justin Shorter, a redshirt freshman, announced his entry into the NCAA transfer portal in November. In late December, K.J. Hamler – the Nittany Lions’ leading wide receiver this season – shared via Twitter he will forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the upcoming NFL draft.
Penn State added four wide receivers as part of its 2020 recruiting class.