Penn State announced this afternoon that senior safety Ryan Keiser, and senior running back Zach Zwinak will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining injuries last week. Keiser was injured in practice on Thursday, while Zwinak appeared to injure his leg on the opening kickoff Saturday night against Ohio State.
Keiser had started all 6 games this season at free safety, placing third on the team with 25 tackles, two pass breakups, and a game clinching interception against Rutgers last month. His career will end after appearing in 42 of a possible 43 games at Penn State, and will certainly be best remembered for game ending interceptions against Illinois and Wisconsin in the 2013 season.
Zwinak emerged as the Lions primary back several games into the 2012 season, ultimately finishing with 1000 yards and 6 touchdowns. He followed that up with a 989 yard, 12 TD performance a season ago. Behind this year's inexperienced offensive line, Zwinak struggled to find much room to run, but did score 3 times on his 40 carries.
It is never easy to see a senior's season end due to injury, but it is hard not to feel a little bit more for two players like Ryan and Zach who have been through everything this year's Penn State senior class has endured in their careers.
Best wishes to both players on their recoveries!