Patrick Chambers got increasingly more animated as the press conference went on. Don't feel sorry for him or his team, he said. Don't expect Penn State to roll over, he said.
Tim Frazier will most likely apply for a medical redshirt when the season is over.
Life without Tim Frazier will be difficult, the coach admitted Tuesday, but did his best to assure reporters that "the sky is not falling."
The Nittany Lions (2-2) will play the remainder of the 2012-13 season without their senior point guard, who had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn left Achilles tendon, an injury he suffered in Penn State's 85-60 loss to Akron on Sunday in the Puerto Rico Tip Off.
"Obviously my heart goes out to Tim Frazier," Chambers said Tuesday. "Since my short time here he's done everything I've asked him to do and then some. He's resilient. He will persevere. He will rebound from this injury. He will come back bigger, better and stronger, which is scary. We've all been through our adversities. I've spent the last few hours going through my adversities and challenges with him. ... We're all gonna be there for him. That's what we do as a team. But what I would also tell you now is somebody's got to step up. It's a great opportunity for some of our freshmen and guys who want to step up. We always talk about purpose. Maybe Tim Frazier is that purpose you need. To play harder."
Frazier technically averaged 16.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists in four games, but he went down with the injury only six minutes into the Akron game, those averages are really more like 21.7 points, six rebounds and five assists per game.
Sophomore two guard D.J. Newbill, as he did after Frazier's injury, will move to the point, and knows Frazier will help him from the sideline as much as possible.
"We've been talking ever since he went down," Newbill said. "He's going to help me throughout the whole porches. He can pass on his knowledge to me."
The Nittany Lions take on Bucknell (5-0) this Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center.
"It's unfortunate, but we can't soak on it," Newbill said. "We've got to move forward. We still have a long season ahead of us."
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