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Wright steps up in place of injured Brendan Mahon on Penn State offensive line

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Penn State ended Saturday night with Paris Palmer and Chasz Wright as its first-team left and right tackles, respectively.

Three days after the fact, that’s all the information Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin said he has.

The coach, who doesn’t discuss specifics of injuries, didn’t offer an explanation of Brendan Mahon’s condition at his Tuesday press conference.

Mahon, a redshirt junior, left Penn State’s 41-14 win over Iowa after the Nittany Lions’ first offensive drive with an unspecified injury. He was carted off the field in the first quarter.

“We’re hoping to get some guys back,” Franklin said. “We’ll see how the week plays out.”

Mahon, who moved from left to right tackle after teammate Andrew Nelson suffered a likely season-ending leg injury during the Oct. 8 win over Maryland, was replaced by Wright.

The Virginia native filled in well; so well, apparently, that the Big Ten Network announcing crew didn’t realize Mahon was out of the game until the third quarter.

Franklin spoke volumes about Wright’s ability to play different positions on the offensive line.

“He’s really invested,” the coach said. “He’s a guy that has the length to play tackle and the athleticism to play tackle; but also has the girth that you can move him inside and be a road-grader at guard. He’s kind of the model in terms of flexibility, but more than anything he’s confident right now.”

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