Posted by Tom Fornelli
While coaches across the country generally hope that spring practice will help give them a better idea of how their team will shape up in the coming season, most coaches will tell you that instead of solving position battles, the thing they want the most from the spring is for every player to come out the other end healthy. Or, at the very least, with only minor injuries that will heal long before games start. Which means that there are some not-so-happy coaches in Happy Valley these days.
Penn State has already lost wide receiver Curtis Drake for the entire spring thanks to a broken tibia -- the second year in a row Drake has suffered such an injury -- though it's possible that he'll be back in time for the season. The same likely cannot be said for defensive end Pete Massaro. Massaro suffered a knee injury on Friday, and the school announced on Monday that he's torn the ACL in his left knee and his season is over.
It's a big blow to the Nittany Lions, as the team has already lost Jack Crawford and Eric Latimore for the spring, leaving the defensive line rather thin at the moment. What makes matters even worse is that Massaro was one of the most productive defensive ends Penn State had in 2010. Massaro started the last 11 games of the year, making 37 tackles along the way, including 8 tackles for a loss. He also had 3.5 sacks.
This is the second time the redshirt junior has suffered an ACL tear, tearing the ligament in his right knee during the Blue-White spring game in 2009. That injury cost him the season as well.