Penn State has suffered a blow to its defensive depth as junior end Brett Bars will miss the upcoming season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon while working out.
Bars was listed as a second-team defensive end on the summer depth chart, and he was in line to receive a lot of playing time this season. The 6-foot-3, 251-pounder will undergo surgery in the coming days and will need four to six months to recover, according to a university statement.
Bars appeared in eight games and had two tackles last year. He took to Twitter on Thursday to share his thoughts about the injury.
"Like many other Penn State guys before me, they've all bounced back as players while being there for their teammates and contributing in other ways. It's frustrating and disappointing personally but this is all about the 2013 team and making this year great."
He later tweeted, "Unbelievable support from best fans, friends, and teammates in college football."
Also, Penn State junior Zach Zwinak has been selected to the 2013 Doak Walker Award Watch List, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced Thursday. The Nittany Lions have candidates for nine individual college football awards.
Created in 1989, the award recognizes the nation's premier running back for accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. Penn State first-team All-American Larry Johnson was the 2002 recipient of the Doak Walker Award.
Zwinak, who ran for 1,000 yards and gained at least 100 yards in six Big Ten games last season, also is a candidate for the Maxwell Award.