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Texas Picks Up Penn State Kicker Anthony Fera

The Texas Longhorns got a major late-season addition to their kicking game on Tuesday, as former Penn State kicker Anthony Fera decided to transfer closer to his childhood home in Houston in the wake of the devastating series of sanctions handed down to the Nittany Lions program in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Over at Burnt Orange Nation, Wescott Eberts is ecstatic about the move:

Just how important is adding a kicker? The Longhorns have won eight games on last-second kicks in the Mack Brown era, with no misses. As the game against Texas A&M proved last fall, and all those other games have proved in other years, having a reliable kicker late in the game is crucial to pulling out those victories.

Fera was a Lou Groza semifinalist and Ray Guy candidate as a sophomore for Penn State, where he handled kicking and punting duties. He'll have two years of eligibility in Austin.

For more coverage of Texas football and the 2012 season, check out the SB Nation Dallas StoryStream as well as Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.