"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.