PSU Injury Update

Penn State sustained some key injuries in the Orange Bowl clash with Florida State, with starters Tony Hunt, BranDon Snow and Paul Posluszny all going down. All three are expected to be key factors in the 2006 version of the Nittany Lions. Get an update on their injuries as the team progresses through winter conditioning sessions in preparation for spring practice.

Penn State suffered three major losses of key players in the Orange Bowl against Florida State. Here is a report on their status.

Tony Hunt

Penn State's starting running back was sidelined in the early goings of the Orange Bowl, before the game even really got started. Hunt sustained an ankle sprain early in the first quarter, which opened up the opportunity for backup Austin Scott to gain 110 yards on 26 carries (4.2 YPC) and two touchdowns.

Hunt has made a full recovery from his ankle injury. "He is back to normal," a team observer shared. "Hunt is participating in full conditioning sets, he's running and lifting as expected."

Hunt is expected to have the edge on the starting running back position, but "given what Scott showed in Florida, it should be an all-out battle come spring."

Paul Poslsuzny

Posluszny sustained a knee injury in the fourth quarter of the bowl, which sidelined him for the remainder of the game. The injury was sustained when the linebacker attempted to leap over Florida State's Lorenzo Booker. Booker's helmet hit his right knee causing partial tears of his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and his medial collateral ligament (MCL).

The injuries did not require the 2005 Butkus and Bendarik Award winner to have surgery and rehabilitation was targetted to take six to eight weeks.

Posluszny's recovery is progressing "really well." Currently he is off his crutches and "walking normal."

Although he is not participating in leg lifting beyond his physical therapy, Poslsuzny is expected to be ready to start running "in the next two weeks or so" and to see some level of drills come spring practice, depending on how his recovery is progressing at that point.

BranDon Snow

Penn State's fullback sustained a lower leg injury in the Orange Bowl. Although it was not classified as serious, Snow required some time to fully recover.

He is "back to 100 percent" and "working out and running with the team as expected." He is expected to be "fine for spring practice" and is the odds-on favorite to have the edge for the starting fullback position headed into the spring practices.


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