Penn State linebacker Manny Bowen will not be available for Saturday’s game against Nebraska, head coach James Franklin said at his Tuesday press conference.
Bowen, a junior, missed last weekend’s 35-6 win over Rutgers due to a violation of team rules.
Senior Brandon Smith is expected to start in Bowen’s place at the “Will” position. Smith racked up 10 tackles against the Scarlet Knights and looked comfortable playing a spot he last tried out in spring camp.
It’ll be fitting for Smith, who’ll play his final game at Beaver Stadium.
But the Nittany Lions will still miss Bowen. The New Jersey native, who was suspended last year at the Rose Bowl, is third on the team in tackles (51).
Penn State has dealt with injuries on the defensive side of the ball this season. First, Torrence Brown was lost for the year, and Ryan Buchholz was hurt at Ohio State. Now, Bowen will miss time for other reasons.
Penn State and Nebraska kick off at 4 p.m. Saturday.