Penn State star linebacker Michael Mauti will miss Saturday’s
season finale against Wisconsin with a left knee injury.
Coach Bill O’Brien made the announcement Monday. The team’s
worst fears came true after Mauti was carted off the field during
the 45-22 win last week over Indiana.
Mauti’s college career came to an early end. The senior leader
and emotional anchor for the Nittany Lions was instrumental in
helping to keep most of the team together after the NCAA levied
landmark sanctions in the offseason for the Jerry Sandusky child
sex abuse scandal.
Mauti and fellow senior Michael Zordich made impassioned pleas
to stick with the program two days after the penalties were
announced. In the end, 10 players transferred, but more than 90
percent of the roster stayed.