Q&A: Stupar has been productive
Indiana wide receiver Shane Wynn, right, can't come down with a last-second pass as Penn State's Nathan Stupar, center, defends the pass during a game earlier this season.
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Q: I know everyone thought Penn State's defense was doomed when linebacker Michael Mauti suffered a season-ending ACL injury earlier this year, but Nate Stupar seems to be playing well. Your thoughts?
Frank Julian, State College
MUSSELMAN: It is ironic that Stupar lost his starting job to Mauti at the start of preseason camp when Glenn Carson moved to the middle, forcing Mauti back outside. But, four games into the season, Mauti tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ending his season. Stupar is not be as talented as Mauti, but he has come off the bench and filled in admirably. He had two interceptions Saturday against Purdue. His second one with 1:59 remaining clinched the Nittany Lions' 23-18 win. Stupar also had seven tackles and a pass breakup.
First Published October 18, 2011 4:28 pm