TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Penn State football notebook: Mauti mum on petition plans for 6th year

College Football Videos

By Scott Brown
Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, 6:22 p.m.
 

Senior outside linebacker Michael Mauti, who couldn't play in his final game because of a knee injury sustained a week earlier, declined to discuss the severity of the injury after Penn State's 24-21 overtime win against Wisconsin on Saturday.

The fifth-year senior also did not address whether he will petition the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility after his third season-ending knee injury.

“It's not for me to say right now,” Mauti said. “I just really want to keep the focus on this team.”

Penn State honored Mauti by wearing No. 42 on its helmets. Outside linebacker Gerald Hodges switched from No. 6 to No. 42 for the game, and Mauti said he had trouble putting into words what those gestures and this season meant to him.

“It's just been such a special thing to be a part of,” he said. “It's really been the most fun I've ever had fun playing.”

• Jesse James (South Allegheny) broke out in the second half of the season, catching 13 passes for 274 yards and four TDs in Penn State's final six games. James, who caught two passes for 2 yards and a score in the Nittany Lions' first six games, credited seniors such as Mauti for helping him during the team's off week. “They really put it on me how hard you have to practice,” James said, “and I carried that throughout the rest of the season.”

• Defensive coordinator Ted Roof said the leadership shown by the seniors will have a lasting impact on the program. “What we have to do moving forward is develop that same type of leadership,” Roof said. “(The underclassmen have) seen how it's supposed to look. ... It's not just words. They've seen that in action.”

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. EPA says it won’t reguluate coal ash as hazardous waste
  2. Real estate union: Howard Hanna buys Langholz Wilson Ellis
  3. Position move fits Pitt sophomore Artis
  4. Pitt’s acting athletic director is deft facilitator
  5. Undersized Beachum quietly excels at 1 of game’s pivotal positions
  6. Steelers notebook: Polamalu, Taylor unlikely to play, Harrison ‘ready’
  7. Penn Township man who shot friend gets probation
  8. Asked about Cuban cigars’ availability, retailers point to trade embargo
  9. United Way surplus funds benefit 9 nonprofits in Westmoreland County
  10. Shady Side Academy torments Apollo-Ridge, moves to 3-0
  11. Pitt: Football coach hire comes 1st, athletic director 2nd
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.