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Monday, August 18, 2008
Penn State D-line thins after Still injury

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

As first reported during the weekend, Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still suffered a broken leg and will miss 8-10 weeks following surgery. Defensive tackle is one of the spots where Penn State can't afford much more attrition after coach Joe Paterno dismissed veterans Phil Taylor and Chris Baker.

The Nittany Lions have more defensive line depth than most Big Ten teams, but Still, a standout recruit who redshirted last fall after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee, certainly would have contributed.

Junior Jared Odrick and sophomore Ollie Ogbu are projected to start at tackle. Odrick started seven of the first eight games last fall, collecting two sacks and four tackles for loss, before an ankle injury against Indiana ended his season. Ogbu could emerge as a star this fall after racking up 10 tackles for loss as a redshirt freshman.

The problems could come if either player gets hurt. Abe Koroma logged plenty of playing time last fall, but Tom McEowen has battled injuries and Chima Okoli has yet to play a snap in a college game.

Bottom line: This isn't a crushing blow for Penn State, but it reduces the tackle rotation by one man and puts an even greater premium on staying healthy the rest of camp.