Penn State’s Mauti won’t play against Indiana
• Coach Joe Paterno said outside linebacker Michael Mauti (separated right shoulder) won’t play when the Nittany Lions meet Indiana on Saturday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. He will be replaced by Nate Stupar and Khairi Fortt. Mauti is second on the team with 61 tackles and has two sacks, matching Stupar’s total.
Backup running back Stephfon Green (neck) may recover in time to play, Paterno said.
• Evan Royster injured his left knee in the Ohio State game and plans to wear a sleeve for protection in practice this week. “But I expect to play,” he said. He needs 217 yards to reach 1,000 for the third consecutive season, but he said that is not a goal. “All individual goals are put aside when you are not winning,” he said.
• Paterno wouldn’t commit to using backup running back Silas Redd after he was cited on a disorderly conduct charge at 4:13 a.m. Monday for urinating in public. Asked about Redd’s playing status, Paterno said, “We will find out.”
• Quarterback Matt McGloin will make his third career start against Indiana, even though he had two interceptions returned for touchdowns against Ohio State. “I thought he played really well until the second half,” Paterno said. “(The interceptions) are what you expect, sometimes, from a young quarterback. He made up his mind he was going to throw the football, and he threw it right into the hands of the Ohio State kids.”
• Paterno gave his team a day off from contract drills Monday, something that happens only once or twice a year, Royster said. “Joe is concerned about our legs, and if we are drained,” he said.
What are the benefits of playing Indiana on Saturday in Landover, Md.â¢ (Indiana moved its home game against Penn State to FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, in exchange for a $3 million payment from the NFL team.)
“We recruit down there. We’re not as successful as we used to be because of the fact Virginia Tech has become strong, Virginia is working at it, and Maryland (is too). And more people are aware of the quality of the athlete in the whole metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. A lot of our graduates work down there. I am hoping we will have some fans there.”
What does Indiana (4-6, 0-6) do that will present a challenge?
“Its one wideout (Damarlo Belcher, 68 receptions, 736 yards, four touchdowns) is outstanding, and its quarterback (Ben Chappel, 2,730 yards, 19 touchdowns) is a big, strong kid, tough, smart. Are they a great teamâ¢ No, they are not a great team. Is Penn State a great teamâ¢ No, we are not a great team. So, we should have a heckuva football game.”
You have lost four games by 20 or more points for the first time. Are you troubled by that, or would you think that your team competed better than maybe those final scores indicateâ¢
“We have played three of the better teams in the country on the road (Alabama, Iowa and Ohio State). We have 59 kids who are freshmen or sophomores. You are bound to have those days where you can’t make something happen for yourself. Anything adverse that happens probably is a little more dramatic than it would be when you have older kids. It is a combination of that and the injuries — there are 13 kids who won’t play Saturday, five or six (offensive tackle Lou Eliades, safety Nick Sukay, defensive end Eric Latimore, tight ends Garry Gilliam and Andrew Szczerba and linebacker Michael Mauti) who would have been first-stringers.