Penn State forward Sasa Borovnjak will miss the 2010-2011 season after tearing his ACL in practice on Thursday, according to the Sporting News.â†µ
"I feel terrible for Sasa," Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said in a release. "He had a really good summer and came back to school a lot stronger and ready to make a contribution on our front line."â†µ
Though he contributed little as a freshman, trapped behind now departed forwards Andrew Ott and Bill Edwards in addition to starters Andrew Jones and Jeff Brooks, the sophomore was expected to be a big contributor in this year's thin front court. The Nittany Lions' primary option off the bench now becomes freshman Jonathan Graham, who committed to Penn State in the spring. While Graham will need to step up for Penn State to be successful, so will seniors Brooks and Jones. The pair was benched midway through last season for inconsistent play, but rebounded, and played strong down the stretch.â†µ
Penn State will not have the luxury of benching the seniors for motivation this season, as there is little behind them on the depth chart to pick up the slack if they struggle.