Surrounded by microphones and recorders, Penn State defensive coordinator Ted Roof stared into the distance as if in a daze. Tears welled up in Roof's eyes when the subject turned to injured senior Michael Mauti.
The fiery Mauti is so much more than a linebacker to the Nittany Lions (7-4, 5-2).
''He means so much to me, personally,'' Roof said in a soft voice. ''From Day 1 ... our relationship has gotten nothing but stronger, stronger and stronger. I totally trust him.''
Coach Bill O'Brien didn't have more details on the injury after Mauti was carted off the field late in the first quarter of Saturday's 45-22 win over Indiana. Mauti was being blocked by an offensive lineman when it appeared that Hoosiers running back D'Angelo Roberts went low and hit Mauti's left knee.
Beaver Stadium grew silent. O'Brien, Roof and another standout outside linebacker, Gerald Hodges, were among the Nittany Lions to come to Mauti's sid...