October 12, 2010

Nick Sukay tears pectoral, out for the season

Updated 7 p.m. w/notes from Joe Paterno's presser

Nick Sukay interception return No. 2
Dear Football Gods: Why?!?! (Photo: Mike/LBU) 
My God, really?!?
Penn State starting safety Nick Sukay (Mount Pleasant) will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in last Saturday's clash with Illinois.

Sukay becomes the third Nittany Lion starter to suffer a season-ending injury in the past three weeks. Senior tackle Lou Eliades (Ocean, N.J.) tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the win over Temple on Sept. 25. In the Oct. 2 game at Iowa, redshirt freshman tight end Garry Gilliam tore the ACL in his left knee.
I don't even know what to say anymore. Every college football team has its "down years," but does it really have to be this DOWN all in one season?

Let's hope that we're getting it all out of the way in 2010, right? RIGHT?!?!

Press Conference

Here are some quick hits from today's press conference with Joe Paterno. "Upbeat" would be great if you're playing The Opposite Game.
  • The coaching staff didn't do a good job preparing the team, and didn't do a good job adjusting during the game.
  • This is the worst season for injuries in the 24 years the current Penn State medical staff has been working on the team (see: Sukay above), as Joe said today that "most of the people you saw leave the game (vs. Illinois) are gone; they won't be ready for Minnesota." That includes Eric Lattimore and Jack Crawford.
  • Check back tomorrow for a few more updates from the press conference. It was a very short media day, compared to a normal game week.
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  1. Sukay was the only player on defense that was playing lights out. This is really sad news.

  2. Agreed, Mark. This is similar to the Eliades injury. The most experienced players are now falling. It was bad enough when Szczerba, Gilliam, Drake and Hodges were out for the season. But now guys like this, Crawford and Lattimore, are going down.