Penn State's Drake suffers another setback

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State wide receiver Curtis Drake has suffered another serious setback in his effort to resume his career this spring.

For the second time in seven months, he has suffered a fractured left tibia in practice during a non-contact drill.

Drake, a redshirt sophomore, will miss the rest of spring drills and his status for the fall remains uncertain, a source confirmed Thursday night.

He missed the 2010 season after suffering a similar injury in August during the fifth preseason practice.

Drake, 5 feet 11 and 173 pounds, was expected to compete for a starting job at slot receiver.

He was one of eight freshmen to see playing time in 2009. He had eight receptions for 98 yards and four carries for 24 yards, and also threw a touchdown pass.

Drake was an all-state quarterback at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia. He led his team to the PIAA Class AA state championship game in 2008, when he was named the Class AA player of the year.

The source also said that former backup middle linebacker Michael Yancich, from Trinity High School, has been shifted to tight end.


Ron Musselman: rmusselman@post-gazette.com.


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