Will Jackson See Action?

Following a death in the family, it is not clear whether the Nittany Lions' junior forward and second-leading scorer will play against Northwestern.

Penn State forward David Jackson's status for Sunday's home game with Northwestern is uncertain following a death in the family.

According to Nittany Lion coach Ed DeChellis, Jackson's grandfather, 90-year-old Toby Jackson, passed away Wednesday night following an extended illness. DeChellis said David Jackson lived with his grandparents for a time while growing up in Farrell, Pa.

As of Friday morning, Jackson was back in Farrell with his family.

“I'm not sure of his status for Sunday's game,” DeChellis said. “I'm supposed to check back to see what the funeral arrangements will be. … I'm not sure if we're gonna have him and if we do, what state of mind he'll be in.”

Besides leading scorer Talor Battle, Jackson has been Penn State's only consistent player this season. The junior is averaging just under 10 points per game on the year but has actually been better against Big Ten competition, checking in at 11.3 points per game in the league. He has hit for double figures in eight of the Lions' last nine outings.

Jackson is also Penn State's best defender, and typically draws the opponent's top offensive threat. He was a key figure in the Lions' Feb. 17 win at Northwestern, scoring 20 points while holding Wildcat forward John Shurna to 17, just below his Big Ten scoring average.

DeChellis said no decision has been made on who will start in Jackson's place in the event he can't play Sunday.

The most likely candidates are freshman guard Tim Frazier and rookie wing man Bill Edwards.

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