It appears that Dallastown linebacker Ben Kline will have to wait even longer to prove himself on the field before a possible breakout season.
Penn State’s spring practice sessions begin Monday, but Kline, a redshirt sophomore, will have to sit out all workouts as he recovers from recent shoulder surgery, coach Bill O’Brien told ESPN.com this week.
Kline did see plenty of special teams and backup minutes last year after redshirting in 2011. He appeared in all 12 games in 2012 and made 18 tackles.
He should compete for a starting linebacking spot with highly-regarded, second-year prospect Nyeem Wartman, who missed most of last year with an injury.
Penn State’s other two expected linebacking starters will be senior Glenn Carson and redshirt junior Mike Hull.