Big blow for Penn State as the Nittany Lions will be without Pete Massaro this fall.
The Lions confirmed yesterday that Massaro, a junior defensive end, will miss the 2011 season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during Friday’s practice. Massaro, who started the final 11 games as defensive end last fall, will have surgery in the next two to three weeks and then begin a nine-month rehab program, team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli said.
Massaro’s departure especially stings because Penn State needs options at defensive end, a position that underperformed in 2010. Jack Crawford was banged up for much of the year and is working his way back to 100 percent. Penn State will turn to Crawford, Eric Latimore, Jordan Hill and others to spark the pass rush this fall.
This is a tough setback for Massaro, who missed the 2009 season after tearing his right ACL in Penn State’s spring game. He recorded 37 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery last season.