Linebacker Mauti ends Penn State career with injury
November 20, 2012 12:15 AM
Peter Diana/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti clutches his helmet after injuring his left knee in the first half against Indiana at Beaver Stadium, State College on Nov. 17.
Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press
Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Ohio at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Ohio won 24-14.
By Mark Dent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Senior linebacker Michael Mauti has played his last game at Penn State.
He's been called the face of Penn State's program. Many have pointed him as the main reason for why so many players stayed at Penn State this summer.
This afternoon, coach Bill O'Brien announced Mauti would not play Saturday against Wisconsin because of a knee injury. It was injured in last Saturday's game against Indiana when an Indiana player chop-blocked him midway through the first quarter.
Mauti returned to the sidelines in the fourth quarter, walking with crutches.
Three of Mauti's seasons have now been affected by knee injuries. In 2009, he tore his right ACL and took a medical redshirt. Last year, he tore his left ACL in late September and missed the rest of the season.
He finishes this year with 95 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Saturday, several players tried to explain what Mauti meant for the team.
"It's a funny game; it's a crazy game," fullback Mike Zordich said. "Things are going to happen that sometimes you don't expect, but you have to bounce back, jump up and keep going. That's what we're going to do, and that's what he does."