Penn State must now finish the season without a team captain who is also one of its most versatile defensive backs.
Tuesday afternoon, the program announced that senior Jordan Lucas will miss the remainder of the 2015 campaign with an undisclosed injury. It appeared Lucas hurt his right shoulder in the second quarter of last Saturday’s 23-21 loss to Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.
Since he is a senior, he college career is over.
Lucas is fourth on the team in tackles this year with 56 and wraps his career with 180 stops.
A former cornerback who moved to safety for his senior season, Lucas was a key figure in Penn State’s base defense, as well as its nickel and dime packages. He was tough enough to play close to the line and make tackles, yet quick enough to cover wideouts man to man.
His likely replacement is junior Malik Golden, who filled in when Lucas missed the San Diego State game due to injury earlier this year. Golden is also a part of the nickel and dime packages, but to date has only seen action in the base defense when Lucas has been out.
Above, we break down the top five reasons losing Lucas sucks for Penn State.