The Penn State football team is almost ready to return to the field for spring practices, but it looks like the team will not be at full strength. Head coach James Franklin has indicated that the team will be a little short-handed when the Nittany Lions start practice today.
According to PennLive, Franklin announced on Wednesday that two Penn State players, offensive lineman Juice Scruggs and receiver Mac Hippenhamer, will miss Spring practice. Scruggs is out indefinitely, while Hippenhammer should return in the Summer.
Franklin revealed that Scruggs was injured in a car accident, but would not get into specifics. He did not have a timetable for Scruggs’ return.
Scruggs was a four-star prospect in the Class of 2018. He was the No. 233 prospect in the country, the No. 4 offensive center in the country, and the No. 8 prospect from the state of Pennsylvania, per 247Sports.
“Without getting into specifics, and I’d ask you please to respect the privacy of the family, Juice Scruggs got into a car accident and will be out for spring ball.”
As for Hippenhammer, he is a dual-sport athlete who also plays for the Nittany Lions baseball team. Franklin explained that he respects Hippenhammer’s desire to play both sports and expects him back later this year.
“[Playing baseball] was always part of the conversation. He split time last year, which we all know is hard to do. Had a lot of discussions and he’s going to concentrate on baseball full-time this spring. That’s what he’s doing, playing baseball. He’s Bo Jackson for us.”
Hippenhammer was a three-star football prospect, but has been a starter for the baseball team.
The Nittany Lions begin practice today, which will run through April 13, when the team has its Blue-White Spring Game.