On a team with limited depth at practically every position on the field, season ending injuries are an even bigger deal, especially when they come in mid-July. However, that’s exactly what has happened for Penn State, as Jeff Nelson has confirmed that redshirt junior Brad Bars will miss the entire 2013 season after rupturing his achilles tendon earlier this week.
Bars was set to enter the fall as the 2nd string defensive end, behind C.J. Olaniyan, and with Larry Johnson fond of rotating his linemen, he figured to see plenty of time. Now, he is set to rehab with what the school is calling a 4-6 month recovery. If all goes to plan, Bars should be back in action for spring football in 2014. After redshirting his freshman year, Bars will officially have 1 year of eligibility remaining, but would appear to qualify for the option of applying for a 6th season. Whether that happens remains to be seen.
With Bars now lost for the season, redshirt freshman Evan Schwan moves up to the 2nd string based on the June 14th depth chart, with Anthony Zettel backing up Deion Barnes on the other side of the line. Freshman Garrett Sickels and Curtis Cothran were not yet on campus when that depth chart was released, and one, or both, have an opportunity to earn more playing time as well.
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