Penn St. LB Mauti out vs. Wisconsin

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.