That was the question that Frank Bodani posed in the York Daily Record today. While there is no one on Penn State’s roster that can replace Mauti’s on-field skills and experience, Bodani feels that fifth-year senior Nate Stupar can potentially replace Mauti’s presence on the field and in the locker room.
“Stupar is definitely a leader; he is very smart on the field,” linebacker Gerald Hodges said. “With Stupar coming on the field, more than likely we won’t lose a beat.”
Said defensive end Jack Crawford:
Stupar “is one of those guys who is very vocal and very enthusiastic. He’s one of those players you can count on to not skip a beat. He was playing out there for Mauti, and I think he did Mauti proud.”
Like this entire team, Stupar’s impressive effort against Eastern Michigan was simply one afternoon against one overmatched opponent. As Penn State begins Big Ten play this weekend, we will get a better sense of whether the Lions can cope with the loss of Mauti?