Penn State will be without starting center Michal Menet for its Saturday afternoon season finale against Maryland. The redshirt sophomore, who has started all 11 games this season, was in street clothes for warmups before the game.
Junior Connor McGovern, who has started every game at right guard, has moved down to center for the game. Redshirt freshman Mike Miranda will make his first career start in McGovern’s right guard spot. Miranda has gotten spot time at both guard spots in the last few weeks.
The Nittany Lions will roll out a starting offensive line, from left to right, of redshirt sophomore Will Fries, redshirt junior Steven Gonzalez, McGovern, Miranda and redshirt junior Ryan Bates. Backup right tackle Chasz Wright has played in all 11 games this season. McGovern’s former backup, redshirt freshman CJ Thorpe, moved over to the defensive line midseason. Redshirt freshman Des Holmes is the is the second team center and Zach Simpson warmed up as the backup center on Saturday.
Penn State is averaging just under 200 yards per game on the ground this season and the Nittany Lions are right at 5.0 yards per carry in 2018.
A win for the Nittany Lions would mean a 9-3 regular season and a shot at a third-straight New Year’s Six Bowl game. Maryland is 5-6 on the year and is looking to become bowl eligible.