NITTANY NOTES: End Game

With some injuries and shifts for the tight ends this week, get the latest on how the position looks in practice as PSU prepares to travel to Wisconsin.

The tight end position has been top of mind for many Penn State fans this week. With injuries to Andrew Quarless and Mickey Shuler and the shift of Mike Lucian, get the latest on what's up at the positin.

Andrew Quarless: Quarless sustained an ankle injury during the Purdue game last Saturday. He saw light work on Monday in practice and took in some contact work in Tuesday's session. Currently he is working out and drilling with the team. "He seems fine," one observer said. "He looks like the coaches could play him if they need to [this week]," another observer said.

Mickey Shuler: Shuler also sustained an ankle injury against the Boilermakers last weekend. This week, the big blocking tight end has been sidelined and in a plastic brace. "They are taking it easy on Mick. I doubt he sees action this week," an observer explained.

Mike Lucian: As we reported yesterday, Lucian was shifted from guard to tight end this week, the position at which he was a standout during his high school career. "Mike's in there as a blocking tight end on short-yardage sets," an observer told us. "He can catch, but he's in there as another blocking lineman. He's not really build to get off the blocks as a target — he's like 290 [pounds]."

Andrew Szczerba: The young tight end may have an opportunity in front of him. This week Szczerba has seen his "fair share of first-team work." As one observer said, "He's been solid with the blocks and has some real nice receiving skills, so we'll see."

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