During his three seasons at Penn State, kicker Jake Pinegar handled the Nittany Lions short-ranged kicks with near perfection. But since the season opener with Wisconsin, Jordan Stout, the Nittany Lions typical long-range leg, has been handling the extra points.

On Thursday, we found out why.

Penn State special teams coordinator Joe Lorig revealed that Pinegar suffered a back injury during the summer. The injury resulted in Stout’s handling of the kicking duties from all distances.

Lorig said that Pinegar’s back injury over the summer had carried into camp. Stout competed with Pinegar for the chance to be the team’s primary kicker from all distances, including extra points, and won the job. Lorig also indicated that Pinegar is healthy now, and with his remaining eligibility he will be back.

The results have been good, as Stout has hit 33 of 35 kickoffs for touchbacks this season — none of those kicks have been returned.