PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



O’Brien Presser: TE Matt Lehman Is Out For The Season

Bill O’Brien began his weekly Tuesday press conference with some terrible news: Tight end Matt Lehman is out for the season. Lehman suffered a knee injury on Saturday against Syracuse before being carted off the field. He did not elaborate on the specifics of the injury.

“Any time you have a player the caliber that Matt Lehman is go down it’s not good,” O’Brien said. “I just absolutely love guys like that, guys that overcame the odds. He comes here, tries out, makes the team, and a year later he’s on scholarship.”

O’Brien added that he told Lehman that he’s seen a lot of players suffer major knee injuries and go on to overcome them, citing Michael Mauti making the Minnesota Vikings after tearing his ACL last season as a prime example of that.

“The loss is not limiting. It’s just about what personnel group are we going to use now,” O’Brien said. “The next man up might be a receiver, it might be a running back. It’s about thinking out of the box.”

Tight end Kyle Carter, who missed the season opener, is listed as day-to-day. The team avoided any other major injuries during the Syracuse game. Linebacker Mike Hull exited the game with what looked like a knee injury, later sitting on the sideline in street clothes, but O’Brien said that he is also day-to-day and is probable for Saturday’s game against Eastern Michigan.

Here are the rest of the highlights from the press conference:

  • O’Brien announced that Saturday will be the reunion of the 1973 Penn State football team. John Cappelletti was the team’s running back in 1973 and was that year’s Heisman winner. “Any time a 12-0 team is on campus they have an open invitation to come give us some advice over at the Lasch Building,” O’Brien said.
  • He emphasized that Christian Hackenberg is the team’s stater. “Tyler [Ferguson] needs to be ready to play, but Christian’s our starter,” he said. “He could’ve gone anywhere. This guy has scholarships to over fifty schools. He committed before the sanctions came out and he stuck with us. All these guys that did that are better men for having done that.”
  • The offensive line wasn’t as bad on Saturday as some would have you believe, according to O’Brien. “The guys really blocked hard up front. I don’t know why people thought the offensive line struggled. We have a very good offensive line. The problem [with the run game] was the coaching. It starts with me.”
  • He’s pretty hard on himself though. “Nobody in this program makes more mistakes than me. I look to try to improve every single day,” O’Brien said. “I’m just trying to go out there and do the best job I can for our team. Winning is the most important thing, and we won the football game. Winning is like salt water, it cures everything.”
  • O’Brien liked Stephen Obeng-Agyapong’s play on Saturday at linebacker, but called him a multiple-role guy. “Yesterday he practiced with the safeties, today he’ll practice with the linebackers, and tomorrow he might practice with the fullbacks.”

About the Author

Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.


More by Zach

Penn Stater Named To Olympic Committee’s Centre for Safe Sport’s Inaugural Board

The Center for Safe Sport was recently created to tackle the issue of protecting America’s athletes. Penn State will be represented on the inaugural board by chief ethics and compliance officer Regis Becker.

A Valentine’s Day Trio Of Penn State Love Stories

Penn State To Celebrate 161st Birthday Next Week


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

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Students were delayed hours on Tuesday afternoon while trying to purchase on-campus parking permits.

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

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

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.

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.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Madden NFL 19 Ratings For Nittany Lions

For the second consecutive year, Sean Lee is the highest-rated Nittany Lion in the Madden video game.

Send this to a friend