Zack Zwinak

Penn State loses a pair of seniors to season-ending injuries

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Careers came to an abrupt and cruel end for two Penn State seniors this week, as head coach James Franklin announced on Monday.

Senior safety Ryan Keiser, a team captain, was lost for the year with an unspecified injury suffered during practice on Thursday, while senior running back Zack Zwinak has been put on the shelf after suffering an unspecified injury on the opening kickoff of the Nittany Lions’ 31-24 double overtime loss to Ohio State.

Keiser had started all season at free safety, and ranked third on the club with 25 tackles and two pass-breakups. He also collected the game-winning interception in the Nittany Lions’ 13-10 defeat of Rutgers on Sept. 13.

Zwinak ranked third on the team with 40 rushes for 112 yards and three touchdowns. He posted season highs of 12 carries for 32 yards and a touchdown in a season-opening 26-24 win over Central Florida back on Aug. 30. Sadly, Zwinak – a Maryland native – comes this close to getting to face his home-state team, as Penn State faces Maryland on Saturday.

Penn State is now down to 46 scholarship players available to play on the roster.

The Nittany Lions and Terps will kick off at noon ET on ESPN2.