Knee injury ends Michael Mauti's season
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He has been called the face of Penn State's program.
Many have pointed him as the main reason so many players stayed at Penn State this summer.
He's Michael Mauti, and he has played his last game at Penn State.
On Monday, coach Bill O'Brien announced that Mauti, a senior linebacker, would not play Saturday against Wisconsin because of a knee injury. He 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 sideline 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 finished this season with 95 tackles, 3 interceptions and 3 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."
Quarterback Matt McGloin was named co-offensive player of the week in the Big Ten Conference on Monday after finishing Saturday's game against Indiana with a career-high 395 passing yards and four touchdowns. In the game, he set the Penn State single-season record for completions and passing yards and the career record for passing touchdowns.
First Published November 20, 2012 12:00 am