SHORT REPORT: Lions Two Players Light

Sources say a pair of backup linemen did not make the trip to Florida for the Cap One Bowl matchup with LSU on New Year's Day.

Penn State's roster for the New Year's Day Capital One Bowl matchup with LSU is a bit lighter than it might have been.

FOS has learned that a pair of redshirt freshman linemen did not make the trip to Florida for the bowl.

Sources say neither defensive tackle Brandon Ware nor two-way lineman James Terry are with the team, which is now in Daytona Beach going through preliminary practice sessions.

No reason was given for their absence. Neither player was on the final regular-season two-deep.

Ware is a 6-foot-3, 341-pounder who showed great promise while redshirting as a true freshman. But he sustained a broken foot just before the 2009 season was set to begin. Though he healed up in time to return during the season, he never made it onto the field after drawing the wrath of head coach Joe Paterno for putting on weight and cutting classes.

In bowl practices on campus earlier this month, Ware was playing defensive tackle on the foreign team.

Terry is a 6-3, 303-pounder who saw limited action in five games during the regular season. He played offensive guard last spring but was moved to defensive tackle for 2009 to help provide depth.

From what we've been told, Ware and Terry are the only two Penn State players of note who did not make the bowl trip.

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