The Penn State Nittany Lions saw one of their best players go down in today’s spring game, as 1,000-yard rusher Zach Zwinak went down with a hand injury during the Blue and White game that saw Blue win 67-47. Zwinak’s injury shouldn’t be serious, but Penn State fans will have to anxiously wait until more details are divulged. Right now, Nittany Lions head man Bill O’Brien has been quiet with regards to updating Zwinak’s status.
Last season, Zwinak captured the starting role after Silas Redd bolted for the USC Trojans program, and Zwinak looked terrific with exactly 1,000 rushing yards for a solid 4.9 yards per carry. He is simply a workhorse back with the kind of hard-nosed style between the tackles that won him many admirers last season, and I will always remember how he played against the Northwestern Wildcats. Zwinak is simply something else to behold on the field, so hopefully he’s alright and the hand injury is nothing more than a stinger or a minor sprain. I would think that it isn’t serious, but breaths will be held until O’Brien (or somebody else) clarifies his status.
The good news for Penn State at the running back position is Akeel Lynch, who was the star of the Blue and White game. He rushed for 76 yards in the first half alone, and Lynch and Zwinak look like an excellent one-two punch for the Nittany Lions heading into the 2013 college football season. Man, I remember it was only this past summer when the rumor mill was hot on Lynch transferring to the Iowa Hawkeyes (or even another program). But Lynch has stated, and Penn State fans couldn’t be happier with what he showed today.