Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Penn State LB Kline out for season
By Josh Moyer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State linebacker Ben Kline, who overcame offseason shoulder surgery in time for the 2013 season, will miss the rest of the year with a torn pectoral that will require surgery.
The redshirt sophomore will also undergo a second shoulder surgery that will come after the pectoral surgery, Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said.
"I think he can definitely come back from those," O'Brien said Tuesday afternoon. "I brought him in and had this exact conversation with him. I told him, 'We look forward to bringing you back next year.'
"He's still at the meetings. I look at Ben Kline as a tough kid."
Kline tore his pec on the second play of Saturday's game against Minnesota but played the rest of the game. He finished with four tackles.
Depth at linebacker was among O'Brien's chief concerns this season, and Kline played in every game, starting the last two. He finished the season with 18 tackles and one sack.
Redshirt freshman Nyeem Wartman and safety-turned-linebacker Stephen Obeng-Agyapong will likely compete for the starting job in his place.
Kline addressed the media last week and said his shoulder continued to bother him this season. He said he had finally gotten his confidence back and praised the trainers for getting him prepared.
"It's been a little more trying than other seasons," Kline said last week. "But I'm just trying to do what I can to help the team."
Kline has two years of eligibility remaining.