Penn State is entering a bye week with just two games left to play in the regular season before heading to whatever bowl may come their way. They will play these final three games of the season without senior safety Jordan Lucas. The school announced today Lucas is done for the year due to an unspecified injury.
Penn State head coach James Franklin rarely shares much information regarding injuries, so the exact extent of the injury not being revealed is not unexpected. The loss of Lucas is a significant one with games against Michigan and Michigan State still to play. Lucas leaves the team as the defense’s fourth-leading tackler (56) and a forced fumble. Before the injury, Lucas appeared in 40 consecutive games for the Nittany Lions, including a number of games in the abbreviated sanction phase for the program. A New York native, Lucas now wraps up his Penn State career with 180 career tackles, 117 of which were solo tackles. He has at least 50 tackles in each of the past three seasons, including 2015.
With Lucas out of the picture, Penn State’s next man up will likely be Malik Golden, who has appeared second on the depth chart behind Lucas this season. The redshirt junior has appeared in all 10 games this season and has recorded 17 tackles and intercepted one pass.