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Penn State announced Thursday that redshirt junior defensive end Brad Bars will miss the 2013 season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon suffered during a workout earlier this week.
The 6-foot-3, 251-pound Bars, who is from Nashville, Tenn., suffered the injury in his right posterior ankle, according to team physician Peter Seidenberg. Following surgery, rehabilitation is expected to take from four to six months, Seidenberg said.
Following spring practice, Bars was listed as No. 2 on the depth chart at one defensive end position behind C.J. Olaniyan.
Announcements of college football awards watch lists continued Tuesday with word that Penn State junior Allen Robinson, the 2012 Big Ten receiver of the year, has been named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award.
The award, sponsored by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club, honors the top receiver in college football.
Robinson broke the Nittany Lions’ school record for receptions with 77 last season and his 1,013 yards receiving marked the third of 1,000 yards or more in Penn State history. He led the Big Ten in receptions (total and per game), receiving yards (total and per game) and touchdown catches (11).
A pair of Penn State seniors, linebacker Glenn Carson and guard John Urschel, have earned mention on watch lists for college football awards.
Carson was named for the Butkus Award given to the nation’s top linebacker while Urschel is part of the list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, an honor given to down linemen and defensive players who line up within five yards of the football.
Urschel, who has graduated and will work on a second masters degree in the fall, already had been named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy given to the nation’s top lineman.
It’s official. Penn State will open the 2014 season against Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland.
The formal announcement came Sunday in Dublin. The Nittany Lions will play the first international game in their 127-year football history on Aug. 30, 2014 against the Knights at the city’s Croke Park, the headquarters of Ireland’s Gaelic Athletic Association.
Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner and UCF head coach George O’Leary were in Ireland for the announcement for what is called the Croke Park Classic. The news was disclosed during halftime of the Leinster Senior Football Championship final between Dublin and Meath.
With the Big Ten going to a nine-game conference schedule beginning in 2016, Penn State will play five home Big Ten games that season and four at home in the 2017 slate, according to schedules announced on Thursday by the conference.
The schedules include the Nittany Lions’ games against Eastern Division rival Rutgers. The two teams will meet Nov. 19, 2016 at Rutgers, and Nov. 11, 2017 at Beaver Stadium.
In all, Penn State will play the other six schools in the Eastern Division (Rutgers, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State) and three from the Western Division. The Lions will have five conference home games in even-numbered years, and four during odd-numbered years.
Penn State sophomore defensive end Deion Barnes, a former star at Northeast High School, has been named to his second pre-season awards watch list this week.
Barnes, the 2012 freshman of the year in the Big Ten Conference, earned a spot Thursday on the watch list for the Nagurski Award. The award, sponsored by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club, is presented to the nation’s best defensive player.
On Monday, Barnes was mentioned on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia and given to the nation’s best defensive football player.