PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Bye Week Comes at Perfect Time

Sophomore Gerald Hodges may return from his broken leg for Minnesota

It has been a rocky road for the 3-3  Nittany Lions football team, and it has plenty of Penn State football fans feeling like this little kid. The squad has this weekend off and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Injuries have plagued the Nittany Lions like nothing in the recent past. Starting with Curtis Drake’s probable season-ending pre-season injury and ending with Nick Sukay’s torn pectoral muscle, which also claimed his season, the injuries have piled up. Hopefully for the Nittany Lions, this bye week will allow some of the other bumps and bruises to heal.

  • DE Jack Crawford is tending to a foot injury
  • S Andrew Dailey is still recovering from a serious stinger he received during Illinois’ 33-13 drumming
  • LB Bani Gbadyu has a bum knee
  • DT Jordan Hill rolled his ankle and still walks with a slight limp
  • LB Gerald Hodges could return from his broken leg by next week
  • LB Michael Mauti is nearly healed from a sprained ankle
  • OT Lou Eliades is out for the season with a torn ACL
  • TE Gary Gilliam also suffered a season-ending ACL tear
  • DE Eric Lattimore has a broken wrist and will miss a couple weeks
  • TE Andrew Sczerba has been battling a back injury for over a year

Besides the laundry list of injuries, Penn State’s play has simply been stale and many are pointing to a lack of leadership as the cause. Whatever it is, Penn State players went through a tough week of practice this week, and one can only assume the intensity will increase next week before Minnesota.

The glaring weakness of this team has been across the offensive and defensive lines. Injury depleted, the lines have been dominated on the line of scrimmage this year–barely able to run the ball, or stop the run.

“We’re not going to lay on our backs and go 0 and whatever. We are going to go to every game and keep fighting like we have something to prove,” said captain Ollie Ogbu after the loss to Illinois.

“When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Who is going to be tough?” captain Brett Brackett asked to his teammates.

About the Author

Tim Owen

I am originally from a very small town in northeastern Pennsyltucky, called Athens. Currently, I am enrolled in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism and major in print journalism.

I have a passion for sports, and more specifically football. I enjoy hunting, cooking, food, and everything Penn State!


More by Tim

Wrestlers Rebound with a Sweep in Michigan

Well that’s more like it. After getting trounced by Iowa last weekend, which snapped a 13-match winning streak, the Nittany Lion wrestlers rallied back with two convincing victories over Michigan State and Michigan this weekend. The first stop of the road trip was in Lansing Friday night where they mauled the Spartans 30-9. Then they headed back to Ann Arbor for a 28-13 beating of the Wolverines.

Wrestlers Look to Bounce Back in Big Ten

Penn State’s loss to Iowa…A Good Thing?


Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Student Life

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

This year’s sneaker is available to purchase online for $109.99.

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Fall Move-In Traffic & Construction Changes

When 40,000 students need to move back to State College over the course of four days or so, things are bound to get crazy.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend