Archive for August 2009

The 2009 Penn State Football Pump Up Video

August 25, 2009

Right Click to Download: 2009 Blue White Football Podcast Pump Up Video

ACL injuries, Cause for Concern?

August 17, 2009

Several years ago a torn anterior cruciate ligament would spell doom for just about any athlete, but thanks to recent advancements in modern medicine it usually costs the sufferer six to nine months rather than a career. With the recent news about sophomore linebacker Michael Mauti possibly tearing his ACL and likely missing all of the 2009 season, another Nittany Lion and particularly a linebacker, has gone down with an injury that has become all to common in Happy Valley.

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Thinking back through the recent slew of stand out Penn State linebackers, all of them have had some form of a torn ACL or partial tear during their time in college or shortly there after. Paul Posluszny in the 2006 Orange Bowl exited the game after suffering a partial tear from a helmet to knee hit from Florida State running back Lorenzo Booker, leading to off-season rehab before his senior season. Dan Connor, after leaving Penn State unscathed, missed out on his rookie season in the NFL after he tore his ACL during a Carolina Panthers game while playing on special teams.

And just over a year ago, the next in line to take over the all-time tackles lead at PSU, Sean Lee suffered a similar injury during spring practice and was forced to sit out all of the 2008 season. Add to that DE/LB Jerome Hayes who has torn the ACL in each knee during the previous two years as well as DE Pete Massarro and you have a series of Lions all being afflicted with the same ailment.

The question then becomes is Penn State doing enough to prevent injuries which have become commonplace in college football? Given both the track record of team orthopaedic surgeon Wayne Sebastianelli as well as several opinions he has offered on the subject, it is clear that the Nittany Lions have taken measures to prevent these type of injuries. Plus add to that the remarkable recovery of his patients, who have returned to the game without missing a beat during the past few seasons and confidence must be given to Dr. Sebastianelli.

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Next would be concerns over off-season practices and scrimmages, which often lead to tears as well as various other injuries. Cutting down on the number scrimmages or number of drills would certainly lessen the injuries, however it would also have the anticipated effect of a less prepared football team once the fall arrives.

It only seems logical to chalk up the various torn ACLs that have become rampant at Linebacker U to bad luck, moving forward with the hope that more players are not afflicted in the seasons to come.

As for the situation in 2009, the Nittany Lions should be able to handle the loss of Mauti as the linebacker unit may be one of the deepest in college football. Consider the fact that if Mauti were healthy and did earn the starting nod as some projected, then the bench would consist of former starter Josh Hull, promising junior Bani Gbadyu, special teams beast Nathan Stupar and a string of highly touted recruits anxious to get on the field. Considering Mauti will likely miss time, the Lions will now open with a linebacking corps that will consist of two All-American candidates and one former walk-on turned starter.

A nod toward the 2012 schedule

August 6, 2009

Great job by Mike & Mark in covering Let’s Finger Ourselves to Terrelle Pryor Big Ten Media Day in Chi-town. Their efforts are the reason this blog is of the utmost quality.

They’ll be back with a brand new podcast soon, but before they do that, I’d like to say a couple of words about our 2012 kickoff opponent.

Those who teased us about a weak non-conference schedule this year are in for a rude awakening. Yeah, we’re not playing anybody this year. We know. But come 2010-11, we’ll be playing Alabama. The following two years, we’ll start a home-and-home with Virginia. In 2014-15, we’ll do the same with Nebraska.

And to open 2012……

……we’ll face the Ohio University Bobcats.

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Now back to your regularly scheduled non-idiocy.

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