Saturday, February 13, 2016

Mauti's season over; McGloin named co-offensive player of week

Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti will not play in his team's Senior Day game against Wisconsin because of a knee injury; quarterback Matt McGloin was named Big Ten offensive co-player of the week.

Mauti's season over; McGloin named co-offensive player of week

Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti is helped off the field after being injured in the first quarter. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti is helped off the field after being injured in the first quarter. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Michael Mauti, the heart and soul of the Penn State football team during a turbulent 2012, has played his last down for the Nittany Lions.

Coach Bill O’Brien said Monday via Twitter that the fifth-year senior linebacker will not be able to go in Saturday’s season finale against Wisconsin because of a left knee injury.

Mauti suffered the injury midway through the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Indiana, going down because of a block into his left knee by Hoosiers running back D’Angelo Roberts.

Mauti currently ranks second on the Nittany Lions with 95 tackles and first in interceptions with three, including a 99-yard return against Illinois.

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More importantly, Mauti stepped forward during the summer as the visible and vocal leader of a Penn State team left reeling by the Freeh Report and the resulting NCAA sanctions, both resulting from the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.

“He embodies, in my opinion, what Penn State is all about,” O’Brien said after the game Saturday. “He’s tough, grind-it-out, smart … he’s just a fantastic kid.”

In other Penn State news on Monday, quarterback Matt McGloin was named the Big Ten’s co-offensive player of the week for his record-setting performance in the 45-22 win over Indiana.

McGloin completed 22 of 32 passes for a career-high 395 yards and four touchdowns against the Hoosiers. He became Penn State’s single-season leader with 251 completions and 3,071 passing yards. He increased his career total to 45 touchdown passes, breaking Daryll Clark’s all-time record.

--Joe Juliano

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

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