No specifics about his injury were given, but Penn State confirmed Monday that standout linebacker Michael Mauti will not be able to play in this week's season finale against Wisconsin after injuring his left knee in Saturday's win over Indiana.
A statement released by PSU said coach Bill O'Brien confirmed the news about Mauti, a senior and respected team leader whose PSU career has come to an early end.
Mauti spoke with ESPN.com on Monday but didn't offer details about his injury, saying he's waiting for a "definitive" diagnosis.
"I can't tell you how much gratitude I have and how I feel about the fans the last couple of days," Mauti told ESPN.com. "It's been an outpouring of support all year. It helps you understand how special this is.
"It's very emotional for me, and it just means so much to have that support from our fans. This is a place that's obviously very close to my heart and close to a lot of people."
This is the third serious knee injury Mauti has suffered. He missed the 2009 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee and also sat out the final nine games last season after tearing his left ACL.
Mauti is second on the Nittany Lions with 95 tackles, has three interceptions, 2 1/2 sacks and four tackles for loss.
Quarterback Matt McGloin was named co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after throwing for a career-high 395 yards and four TDs in the 45-22 win over Indiana.
This is the second Big Ten weekly award of McGloin's career, the first coming after a win over Eastern Michigan in 2011. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner shares this week's award with McGloin.
- Cory Giger