Arguably no position group in the Big Ten has benefited more from a coach's arrival than Penn State's tight ends. And no Nittany Lions tight end has been better than redshirt freshman Kyle Carter.
Unfortunately, Penn State fans will have to wait until 2013 to see Carter, who will miss the rest of the season with a right wrist injury sustained in the third quarter of Saturday's loss to Nebraska. Coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that he didn't want to provide details of Carter's injury.
Carter ranks second on the squad in both receptions (36) and receiving yards (453). He has two touchdown catches and has been a huge part of Penn State's passing game.
While it's unfortunate for Carter, the Lions should be OK at tight end as others have stepped forward. Matt Lehman ranks fourth on the team with 19 receptions for 228 yards and three touchdowns (should have been four), and promising freshman Jesse James has 11 receptions for 144 yards and four touchdowns, ranking second on the team in scoring catches.
Penn State hosts Indiana on Saturday and finishes the season against Wisconsin on Nov. 24 at Beaver Stadium.