Penn State redshirt junior offensive tackle Brendan Mahon left last Saturday’s game against Iowa after only three plays.
Nittany Lion coach James Franklin has a policy of not revealing the nature of injuries. But apparently whatever happened to Mahon in the game turned out to be serious. http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1725457-penn-stat...
Tuesday evening, a PSU spokesperson said, “Brendan Mahon has been admitted to Hershey Medical Center and is in stable condition.” There were no further details.
The Hershey Medical Center is in Hershey, Pa., about an hour and a half drive away from University Park.
While Franklin does not reveal the exact nature of injuries sustained by his players, he does let reporters know if a player has been lost for the season due to an injury.
He made no such announcement following the Iowa game nor did he address it at his Tuesday press conference.
When Mahon left the game, redshirt sophomore Chasz Wright took over at right tackle and — outside of one blown assignment — played well vs. the Hawkeyes.
With veteran Andrew Nelson having been lost for the season due to a knee injury sustained in the Maryland game, Penn State is now precariously thin at offensive tackle. Outside of Wright and fellow starter Paris Palmer, the team’s best remaining tackle is true freshman Will Fries — who is redshirting.
In an effort to save Fries’ redshirt with only three regular-season game remaining, the PSU staff has been working starting guards Connor McGovern (a true freshman) and Ryan Bates (a redshirt freshman) at tackle this week so one can move outside in the event of another injury.
No. 10 Penn State (7-2, 5-1) is at Indiana (5-3, 3-3) Saturday.