Injury forces PSU player out

Another player is leaving the Penn State football team, although this one might not be leaving the Nittany Lion football program.

Jordan Kerner, the 6-foot-4, 239-pound redshirt sophomore defensive end from Erie County, has been forced to leave football because of a bulging disc in his lower back.

“If I kept playing I would need surgery and it would create problems for me later in my life according to the medical staff and trainer,” Kerner said. “They said it would be best to stop playing.”

Kerner is the third player to leave the team since the end of the season. Coach Bill O’Brien announced running back Curtis Dukes wasn’t coming back at his press conference on Jan. 7, and linebacker Brennan Franklin enrolled in a junior college closer to his home in Arizona.

Because of injuries, Kerner never saw the field for the Lions after being named second-team all-state out of Fairview High School in 2010. He redshirted his true freshman season.

Kerner is hoping to remain with the Nittany Lions, however.

“I’m still involved with the team, though, and I’m looking to contribute in any way I can,” Kerner said.

The Kerner situation is similar to that of former Bishop Carroll High School standout Jeff Minemyer, whose career at Rutgers was ended early by an injury – Minemyer continued to work with the team through the football office.

– Philip Cmor