Penn State sophomore wide receiver Curtis Drake, who quarterbacked West Catholic High to the PIAA Class AA state championship game in 2008, will miss at least the first two games of the season and possibly more after fracturing his left tibia during a Monday practice, a source said.
The 5-11, 174-pound Drake, who had eight receptions for 98 yards as a true freshman, was injured on a play that did not involve contact.
"Nothing happened [that should have caused the injury]," Drake said when contacted by the Daily News. "I was just running, that's all."
Initial reports are that Drake will miss anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks after undergoing surgery, which means he will be unavailable to play in the Sept. 4 season opener against Youngstown State and, more significantly, the Sept. 11 game at defending national champion Alabama. He conceivably could be out through the Oct. 9 game against Illinois in Beaver Stadium, which might prompt coach Joe Paterno to consider redshirting him.