Penn State defensive end Bars out for season

Zach Zwinak
Zach Zwinak
Posted: July 20, 2013

Penn State announced Thursday that Brad Bars, a redshirt junior defensive end, will miss the season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon suffered during a workout earlier this week.

The 6-foot-3, 251-pound Bars, who is from Nashville, is expected to need four to six months of rehabilitation after surgery, team physician Peter Seidenberg said.

After spring practice, Bars was listed as No. 2 on the depth chart at one defensive end position behind C.J. Olaniyan.

Bars, who has a 3.77 grade point average as a finance major, played in eight games on defense and special teams last season and recorded two tackles. Because he redshirted during his freshman season in 2010, he will have one year of eligibility remaining after this season.

Zwinak on watch list

Penn State junior Zach Zwinak was named to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the nation's outstanding running back by the SMU Athletic Forum.

Zwinak also was selected to the watch list for the Maxwell Award given by the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia.

He rushed for only 96 yards in Penn State's first four games last season, but he finished with 1,000 yards on the ground, a 4.9-yard average, and six touchdowns. Zwinak surpassed the 100-yard mark in six of his last eight contests.

Among the other nominees for the Doak Walker Award, which recognizes on-field accomplishments, classroom achievement and community work, are former West Catholic star Raymond Maples of Army and Southern California's Silas Redd, who played two seasons for Penn State before transferring last summer.

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