As if getting shellacked by Temple 27-10 to open the season wasn’t bad enough, things just got a lot worse for the Penn State Nittany Lions. Per Kevin McGuire of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk, redshirt junior linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White injured his leg in the game and will now miss the rest of the season.
Wartman-White’s injury came on a special teams play in the second quarter yesterday. He walked to the locker room under his own power, but did not return.
A former three-star recruit out of Pennsylvania’s Valley View High School, in the Scranton-Wilkes Barre area, Wartman-White has 107 tackles, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble since joining Penn State. After a career season in 2014, he was definitely in line to play a big role on defense for the Nittany Lions in 2015.
Instead, unfortunately, Penn State will now have to get creative with a defensive squad that features little to no depth as the team continues to rebuild that part of the roster as it comes out of NCAA sanctions. In Wartman-White’s absence, junior Gary Wooten will likely fill his place on the depth chart.
Needless to say, Penn State’s game against Buffalo on Saturday just became all the more important.
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