STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- True freshman DaeSean Hamilton, a four-star wideout from Virginia, is out for the season with a wrist injury while tight end Brent Wilkerson is "out for a while" with a back injury.
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien wouldn't elaborate on the severity of Wilkerson’s injury, but he confirmed both both players’ statuses at Thursday's press conference inside Beaver Stadium.
Wilkerson redshirted last year, but he was expected to see more time this season as a backup. O'Brien hadn't ruled out four tight end sets, and Wilkerson was poised to offer the starters a breather.
"Brent Wilkerson will be out for a while, and I'll leave it at that," O'Brien said.
Hamilton arrived in camp with a wrist injury suffered in high school, but he was a redshirt candidate prior to the announcement of his injury. His injury shouldn't impact the Nittany Lions in the short term, with Allen Robinson and Brandon Moseby-Felder penciled in as the starting wideouts. Matt Zanellato and Eugene Lewis will be their backups on the outside.
Both injuries happened at fairly deep positions, so PSU should be just fine here. Still, any injuries aren't good news during the scholarship limitations.