McHugh, who had started the Iowa and Michigan games at fullback, sustained a fractured tibia in his right leg when was tackled after making a first quarter reception. According to Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State's Director of Athletic Medicine, McHugh's rehabilitation will take approximately 10-12 weeks.
The 6-5, 257-pound McHugh had moved from tight end to fullback in the pre-season and was making great strides, starting the last two games. In his first career start, Sept. 29 at Iowa, he led the Nittany Lions with a team and career-high six catches for 45 yards. For the season, McHugh has seven catches for 47 yards and eight carries for 20 yards.
McHugh played in every game as a true freshman and made two catches for 12 yards at tight end,
McHugh was a prep All-American for Coach Mark Iammarino at Chagrin Falls HS, rushing for more than 2,000 yards his senior season. He played in the 2000 Big 33 Classic.
McHugh is the third Nittany Lion to suffer a season-ending injury since pre-season camp began, joining center Eric Rickenbach (knee) and Derek Wake (knee). Guard Joe Hartings is out indefintely with a back injury.
Coach Joe Paterno's squad is idle this week and returns to action on Saturday, October 20, visiting No. 24 Northwestern for a 2:30 p.m. CT contest, which will be regionally televised by ABC.