Mauti out for finale due to left knee injury

ASSOCIATED PRESS Penn State's Michael Mauti leaves field on crutches.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Penn State's Michael Mauti leaves field on crutches.
Posted: November 20, 2012

STATE COLLEGE - Michael Mauti's spectacular senior season is suddenly finished.

The expected yet unfortunate news came on Monday in a statement from coach Bill O'Brien through a Penn State spokesman. Mauti, the fifth-year senior linebacker, suffered what the statement called a "left knee injury" in the first quarter of Penn State's win over Indiana on Saturday and left the field on a cart. No more details on the injury were released.

The vocal, fierce leader, perhaps the face of this Penn State team, finishes his senior season with 95 tackles, three forced fumbles and three interceptions. He won two Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Awards and a Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week Award this season, but won't be able to play on Saturday in a Senior Day showdown with Wisconsin.

"I have no doubt that if he wants to, he'll be back. He'll be playing on Sundays [in the NFL] if he really wants to do it, because he's that type of guy," guard John Urschel said after Saturday's win.

Mauti's career has been detoured but never derailed by injuries. He tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in 2009 and tore his left ACL in 2011 in the first quarter of a game against Eastern Michigan, sidelining him for the rest of that season.

Before he was carted off the field Saturday, several players offered Mauti their support. He reappeared on the sideline during the fourth quarter on crutches to the applause of the 90,358 in Beaver Stadium.

A "Morale for Mauti" Facebook page popped up on Monday that has more than 1,000 members. The page encourages students, alumni and fans to send the popular Mauti a card, letter or online note to "let him know how much he means" to the Penn State community.

"We all really respect him as a person and a player. He's one of us. He's such a great guy," said sophomore linebacker Mike Hull, Mauti's probable replacement for Saturday's game. "I just can't believe it happened."

McGloin takes honor

Senior quarterback Matt McGloin was named the Big Ten's co-Offensive Player of the Week after carving up Indiana, throwing for 395 yards and four touchdowns in the 45-22 rout.

McGloin is having an unexpected season. He leads the Big Ten in passing yards (3,066) and has accounted for 28 total touchdowns on the season while only throwing five interceptions.

Last season, the Scranton native accounted for eight touchdowns and 1,571 passing yards with the same number of interceptions while sharing time with Rob Bolden for parts of the season. He has improved vastly under the tutelage of O'Brien and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher.

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