At his weekly press conference at Beaver Stadium Tuesday, Nittany Lion coach Bill O'Brien said tight end Kyle Carter will not play again this year due to an injury. Carter was hurt in the second half of last weekend's loss at Nebraska.
Carter was spotted leaving the field late in the game with an arm in a sling and ice on his wrist. This week's press notes described him as being “out” for Saturday's game with Indiana due to an unspecified hand injury.
O'Brien declined to give further details Tuesday.
“I'm not going to get into the details of that yet, out of respect for him and his mom,” O'Brien said.
After redshirting in 2011, Carter enjoyed a breakout season under the first-year coach O'Brien. He finished with 36 catches for 453 yards and two scores operating mostly from the “F” tight end position.
“He had an excellent season for us,” O'Brien said. “Here is a guy, a young player, that came in here trying to learn a position that is a very difficult position to learn. … Offensively, it's the second hardest position to learn behind quarterback. You're involved in the running game, in protections -- you're involved in route running, you have to recognize coverage.
“There are so many different things that you have to know, and I thought as a young player he came in here and did a really nice job,” O'Brien added. “He's got excellent hands, he's a tough kid, he's a great kid. Just a really good guy to have on the team.”
With Carter out, redshirt junior Matt Lehman is now listed as the starting “F” tight end. Lehman has 19 catches for 228 yards and three TDs on the season.