SHORT REPORT: Utility Man

Mike Lucian is yet again "taking one for the team" at Penn State. Get the lowdown on his situation as the Nittany Lions prepare to face Wisconsin.

Few players since Michael Robinson have been as versatile as Penn State senior Mike Lucian. With stints at tight end, offensive guard, center and defensive tackle, Lucian has had a myriad of stops an a variety of positions over through his career.

This week, amid ankle injuries to Mickey Shuler and Andrew Quarless, Lucian made yet another shift, from offensive guard back to the position he was originally recruited to play out of high school — tight end. The Harrisburg Patriot-News broke the story, but we've since uncovered a few more details.

"Mike is 'Mr. Utility,'" an observer said. "I have never seen a player who not only selflessly makes as many changes and he does, but surprisingly picks up positions so well. It's very hard to learn one or two positions, but [the coaches] have had him learn four or five over the past few seasons."

This year alone, Lucian began the season at offensive guard, shifted to defensive tackle for the Syracuse game, moved back to guard and now is taking snaps at tight end.

As another observer explained, "I mean, Mike hasn't really played tight end for a few years, but he jumped right into drills and showed some good hands. Amazingly, he could really help out with almost no time in the spot. He's working on his routes, but he's already used to blocking gived his time on the [offensive] line."

In recent weeks, Lucian has sustained a high ankle sprain and shoulder injury from weight lifting. Yet he keeps on keeping on.

"He never complains," an observer said. "He just does what is asked of him. I wish everyone had his attitude. He's just too valuable not to get on the field, though."

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