The hits keep coming during spring practice for James Franklin and his new Penn State staff.
And to make matters worse, they’re at positions the team can least afford problems – along the offensive line and at linebacker.
The Nittany Lions faced a most precarious situation on the line even before spring workouts began. Now, it’s potentially much worse. They have reportedly lost senior guard and team leader Miles Dieffenbach to a potentially serious knee injury. Also gone, at least temporarily is expected starting right tackle Andrew Nelson, a redshirt freshman, to an undisclosed knee injury.
Then, FightOnState.com reported on Monday that backup lineman Anthony Alosi will face a preliminary hearing at the end of the month on simple assault and harassment charges. Alosi, a redshirt junior, committed the alleged offenses on Jan. 31 and was charged on March 21, according to court documents cited by FOS.
Meanwhile, “sources close to the program indicate that (Alosi) has been held out of recent sessions due to an unspecified injury,” according to FOS.
The team’s other weak point, at least concerning depth, is at linebacker.
So it’s particularly troubling that incoming linebacker Jason Cabinda, 18, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on March 23, according to NJ.com.
He was stopped for allegedly disregarding a stop sign. Cabinda was also issued summonses for alleged failure to stop, careless driving, and being an uninsured motorist, according to the report.
Cabinda is a three-star linebacker out of Flemington, New Jersey, and flipped his commitment from Syracuse to Penn State last October.
Penn State officials have not commented yet on any possible punishment for Cabinda. The Lions, down to seven scholarship linebackers, are hoping that Dallastown’s Ben Kline can make a full recovery from shoulder and pectoral injuries.