At Penn State football Media Day Aug. 13, Nittany Lion coach Joe Paterno said he was as concerned about Lavon Chisley's academic status as he was the knee injury the senior defensive end sustained at practice that morning.
The veteran coach's worries were accurately placed. Because while the knee problem turned out to be merely a strained ligament that figured to sideline Chisley for a week or so, the academic issues proved much more serious. Summer school grades are in, and the 6-foot-5, 259-pounder from Waldorf, Md., has been declared academically ineligible for the fall semester according to team spokeman Jeff Nelson.
Since Chisley used his redshirt as a freshman in 2001, his career is most likely over. He played in 67 games as a Nittany Lion, compiling 67 tackles, five sacks and a pair of interceptions.
Luckily for Penn State, the program has two proven senior starters at defensive end in Tamba Hali and Matthew Rice. Chisley was supposed to join those two to form a marauding three-man rotation at end, one the staff hoped would ease the pressure on the team's relatively young defensive tackles.
But that will not be the case now.
The Penn State media guide lists Chisley's major as recreation, park and tourism management and says he is scheduled to graduate in December.
In other news around the program, Nelson said the injury sustained by sophomore receiver Mark Rubin last week was a dislocated right ankle. Rubin had surgery to repair the injury Monday morning and will redshirt this season.
Penn State director of athletic medicine Wayne Sebastianelli performed the operation.
Rubin was Penn State's leading pass catcher among the returning full-time wideouts, with 16 receptions for 187 yards during his freshman season. Since the 6-3, 213-pounder played as a true freshman, he will have three seasons of eligibility remaining when he returns to action in 2006.
With Rubin out of the mix, the only full-time receiver with any career catches under his belt is redshirt sophomore Terrell Golden, who had three receptions for 60 yards and a score in 2004.
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