Penn State linebacker Mike Hull, injured on what his coach called a legal cut block against Syracuse, will return Saturday in the Big Ten opener at Indiana.

Hull (knee injury) played in two of the team's four non-conference games but not against Kent State on Sept. 21. He made three tackles and appeared slowed by the injury against UCF the week before.

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said Hull was injured on a cut block during the first quarter against Syracuse. Hull tried to return but lasted only a few plays and was in street clothes for the second half.

"He's had a tough time coming back from it, but it looked to me as of (Monday) that he was moving around better," O'Brien said. "He feels better, but he's just a tough guy and Penn State linebacker. That's how you describe him, and it's good to have him back in there."

Hull's return to full strength would boost Penn State's defense, which faces the Big Ten's most prolific offense this week. The Hoosiers lead the conference in total offense and passing offense and rank second in scoring (44.5 points per game).

O'Brien said that safety Ryan Keiser (hand) will be out for Saturday's game but could return against Michigan. Keiser also holds on field goals. Punter Alex Butterworth substituted for Keiser on Sam Ficken's 54-yard field goal against Kent State.

Otherwise, O'Brien said, Penn State came through the bye week in good position regarding injuries.

PSU NOTES

PURSUING A SIXTH YEAR: O'Brien said that Penn State will look into pursuing a sixth year of eligibility for tight end Matt Lehman, who sustained a season-ending knee injury against Syracuse.


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Lehman, who had successful surgery for the injury last month, will present a "complicated" case for the extra year, O'Brien said. Players usually are awarded sixth years because they missed the bulk of two seasons because of injuries.

Lehman first attended Shippensburg and Penn State-Harrisburg before transferring to University Park in 2011. Though he participated in three seasons of football at Penn State, he is listed as being senior eligible, implying that the injury ended his career.

"We would love for it to work out," O'Brien said. "If it doesn't work out, he has a chance to play at the next level. (Lehman is) 6-7, 260, he's tough, he can run, catch. So one way or another, he will be playing football somewhere next year."

MICHIGAN GAME SOLD OUT: The Oct. 12 homecoming game against Michigan is a sellout, Penn State announced Tuesday. It will be Penn State's first home sellout since the 2012 game against Ohio State.

For the Michigan game, a group is planning a candlelight vigil for late Penn State coach Joe Paterno.