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When this season comes to an end, be it with a win or loss in a bowl game, Mauti will officially look toward his post-college playing career. When we look back on his legacy years from now what will we remember most?
Dedicating himself to return from two separate torn ACL injuries should surely rank at the top of that list, and his character leadership within the team will come a close second. Mauti's lead-by-example work ethic should be used as the model for future players to come through Penn State.
Mauti may no longer have a chance to be recognized among some of the greats to have played the position at Penn State, but his loyalty to the program to battle back from two severe injuries and to not shy away during emotional times surrounding the program speak for itself.
Kevin McGuire is the host of the No 2-Minute Warning podcast, managing editor of Nittany Lions Den and a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook and add him to your Google+ circle.