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Adrian Amos heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Bears' six picks: Round 5/142 - Adrian Amos, FS, 6-0, 218, Penn State...A free safety known more as a center-fielder type than an enforcer. He has been criticized for being soft in run support, although he is a willing tackler. He just isn't overly effective at it. But no one doubts his coverage skills, as he's been a cornerback in the past in addition to playing safety. One impressive statistic about his pass coverage ability beyond seven career interceptions was he allowed only 3.9 yards per time targeted as a senior. - The Sports Xchange
Sean Lee heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: Tore right ACL in spring 2008, missed the entire season. 2007: 13 GP; 12 GS; 54 Sol-138 TT, 10.5 TFL, 3.5 SK, 1 INT, 8 PBU, 3 FR, 3 FF; Ranked second in the Big Ten with 138 tackles, trailing only teammate Dan Connor. Earned second-team all-conference honors. Second on the team with eight pass breakups. A 2008 candidate for the Butkus, Bednarik, Nagurski and Lott honors, he was tied for first in the Big Ten in fumble recoveries and was tied for No. 7 in the conference in forced fumbles. Earned Alamo Bowl Defensive Player-of-the-Game accolades by recording a game-high 14 tackles, one for loss and a pass breakup in the 24-17 victory; earned a berth on the ESPN.com All-Bowl team. Named Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Week after posting a team-high seven stops, two for loss and a sack, defended a pass and forced a fumble. Tied for the team lead with 12 stops in the 38-7 win over No. 19 Wisconsin, also made two TFL, including one sack and recovered a fumble to earn ABC/Chevrolet Player-of-the-Game honors. Named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Week after recording a game-high 12 tackles (seven solo) in the Senior Day win over Purdue, also forced two fumbles and making one recovery. Lee made the gamechanging play by stripping the ball from RB Jaycen Taylor and recovering it inside the Penn State one-yard line with Purdue leading, 10-3, in the first quarter. Was on the field for 989 plays, second-highest among all defensive players. 2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 47 Sol-90 TT, 8 TFL, 5.5 SK, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FR, 2 FF; His 90 tackles were good for third on the squad. The signature game of his young career came at Wisconsin, as he delivered a career-high 13 tackles (seven solo), with two sacks (minus-23 yards), recovered two fumbles and forced the first fumble of his career. Lee was on the field for 823 snaps. He was selected Academic All-Big Ten. 2005: 8 GP; 0 GS; 6 Sol-11 TT; The coaching staff couldn’t keep the talented Lee off the field, as he made his collegiate debut against Ohio State in the prime time thriller in Beaver Stadium. He made a season-high five stops against Florida State in a strong performance in the FedEx Orange Bowl. Lee earned the most extensive playing time (49 snaps) of his rookie season after Paul Posluszny left the game with a knee injury. His efforts helped the Nittany Lions hold Florida State to 12 first downs, 26 rushing yards and three-of-17 third-down conversions. He also made four tackles at Illinois. He was on the field for 163 plays over the last seven games. Lee earned Dean’s List recognition during the fall semester. Personal: Brother, Conor, was a place-kicker for the University of Pittsburgh.
Stefen Wisniewski heading into Sr season: 2010: Wisniewski has started every game this season at right guard, after starting all 13 games at center in 2009. He has been instrumental in the Nittany Lions allowing only 12 sacks all season, good for No 2 in the Big Ten and tNo. 14 nationally. A starter in 37 of the last 38 games, Wisniewski is the 81st Penn State football student-athlete to earn first team All-America recognition, a total of 95 times, dating back to W.T. (Mother) Dunn's selection to the Walter Camp All-America squad in 1906. Wisniewski is the Nittany Lions' 78th first team All-American under Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno...2009: Spent the 2009 spring practice and preseason camp transitioning from guard to center and was recognized for his efforts by being selected first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. He and senior tackle Dennis Landolt anchored a line that had four different starting lineups in the first six games, but meshed well in the second half of the season. Wisniewski saw action on 905 snaps, the third-highest total on the team in 2009, led by 86 in the wins over Minnesota and LSU. The O-Line played a huge role in Penn State ranking No. 2 in the Big Ten in total offense at 406.9 ypg. The Nittany Lions were the only Big Ten team ranked in the top five of the conference’s four primary offensive statistical categories in 2009...2008: Started 12 games at guard, playing an instrumental role in Penn State ranking in the Top 20 nationally in rushing (17th, 205.8 ypg), total offense (14th, 448.9 ypg) and scoring offense (11th, 38.9 ppg) in 2008. Eleven of his starts were at right guard. The Nittany Lions led the Big Ten in total and scoring offense, were second in rushing and third in passing offense (243.1 ypg). Wisniewski earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in helping pave the way for Evan Royster to become Penn State's fourth consecutive 1,000-yard rusher (three different players)...2007: Played in eight games and was joined by linebacker Chris Colasanti as the only true freshmen to earn time on the field. He was named to The Sporting News Freshman All-Big Ten team. He saw action on 230 snaps, led by 42 in the Alamo Bowl win over Texas A&M, as he helped the Lions run for a season-high 270 yards.
*Aaron Maybin heading into rSo season: 2008: Maybin took over left defensive end duties in the season's third game vs. Syracuse, starting 10 of the team's next 11 games...Selected to the All-American first-team by the Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), CBSSports.com and CollegeFootballNews.com...Named a second-team All-American by The NFL Draft Report and The Sporting News...Chosen NCAA Defensive Player of the Year by the Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C...The Walter Camp honor was announced at the ESPNU/Home Depot College Football Awards Show, where Maybin was one of three finalists for the Bednarik Award, presented to the nation's top defensive player...Was among the six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, becoming the third Nittany Lion in four years to be named a finalist for the honor...Became the 93rd player in school history and 76th from the Joe Paterno era to earn first-team All-American accolades...Ranked seventh in the nation, as the All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice led the league with an average of 0.92 quarterbacks sacks per game, totaling 12 sacks for minus-78 yards...Finished third in the conference and tied for eighth nationally with an average of 1.54 tackles for loss per game...Led the Lions with 20.0 stops for losses totaling 94 yards...Ranked sixth on the squad with 49 tackles (30 solo), adding one pressure, three forced fumbles and three pass deflections...Had at least one tackle behind the line of scrimmage in each of the 13 games he played in, including at least one sack in 10 contests...On 43 running plays he was involved in, he held the opposition to minus-35 yards on the ground (minus-0.81 ypc), as he stopped those runners for no gain five times, in addition to his 20 hits behind the line of scrimmage...The opposition completed 3-of-7 passes into his area for 41 yards...Made a pair of solo tackles on the kickoff coverage unit...Delivered 12 third-down stops, including 10 against the run, as he also made two fourth-down tackles...Allowed just three first downs rushing and two more receiving for the season...2007: Playing in every game on defense and special teams, Maybin had 12 tackles, with 4.5 tackles for losses, one forced fumble and one pass breakup. He was fourth on the team with four sacks for minus-32 yards.
Jared Odrick heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 13 GP; 11 GS; 19 Sol-41 TT, 9.5 TFL, 4.5 SK, 3 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF; First team All-Big Ten. 2007: 8 GP; 7 GS; 8 Sol-16 TT, 4 TFL, 2 SK, 1 PBU, 1 BLK; Started seven of the first eight games before suffering back-to-back injuries that ended his season. Odrick sustained two broken bones in his left hand in the 38-7 victory over Wisconsin and returned the following week to start at Indiana. But, in the first quarter against the Hoosiers, he suffered a dislocated right ankle, ending his season. Odrick had surgery in late October, then participated in spring drills. Saw action on 366 snaps prior to his injury, led by 59 each against Buffalo and Illinois. 2006: 12 GP; 0 GS; 3 Sol-4 TT, 1 TFL, 1 SK; Played in 12 games and was on the field for 125 snaps, led by 14 at Minnesota and 13 in the shutout of Temple.
Devon Still heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Bengals picks: Round 2/53 - Devon Still, DT, 6-5, 307, Penn State...A little bit of a surprise that they addressed the defensive line early but he gives the Bengals another solid pass rusher up the middle. - The Sports Xchange
*Jesse James heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Steelers' eight picks: Round 5/160 - Jesse James, TE, 6-7, 261, Penn State...Not used much in the Nittany Lions' passing game, he'll get a chance with the Steelers, especially in the red zone. Not expected, though, to be the heir apparent to Heath Miller. Could become the No. 3 tight end. - The Sports Xchange
*Allen Robinson heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Jaguars' pick: Round 2/61 - Allen Robinson, WR, 6-2, 220, Penn State...Robinson posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons as a sophomore and junior at Penn State. He caught 97 passes for 1,432 yards and six touchdowns last season. What the Jaguars really like is his 39-inch vertical jump along with his 6-foot-2 height. - The Sports Xchange
A.Q. Shipley heading into rSr season: 2007: He was recognized by the conference coaches with his selection as the first-team All-Big Ten center and will be a candidate for the Rimington Award for the second consecutive year. Shipley and the offensive line, which returns intact, gained further recognition after leading the way for a season-high 270 rushing yards in the Alamo Bowl win over Texas A&M. The former Moon Area HS standout was selected to the 2007 ESPN.com All-Bowl team, joining teammate and fellow Pittsburgher Sean Lee on the prestigious squad. Shipley and the OLine were instrumental in helping Rodney Kinlaw post the fourth 1,000-yard rushing season by a Nittany Lion in the past six years. Kinlaw's total of 1,326 yards was ninthhighest in school season history. Shipley helped Penn State average 400.1 yards per game - 193.8 rushing and 206.3 passing - and 5.5 yards per play. The Nittany Lions ran for 200 yards or more six times, with 270 yards against Texas A&M, 256 yards against Iowa and 251 yards against Purdue. The O-Line paved the way for Penn State to gain 2,519 rushing yards in 2007, with 27 touchdowns, averaging 4.8 yards per attempt, up 0.6 from 2006...2006: A 2006 honorable-mention All-Big Ten choice. Shipley moved to center during spring practice and won the position, starting every game. He was the only offensive lineman to start every contest and was on the field for 897 snaps, highest among all offensive players and fourth-highest on the squad...2005: The 2005 season saw Shipley help the offense and defense en route to the Big Ten title. In his first season on the field, he was shifted from the defensive line to center prior to spring practice. Shipley provided depth at center and guard the first half of the season. The week prior to the Illinois game, he went back to defensive tackle where he had an immediate impact, making five tackles with two sacks the remainder of the season...2004: Redshirt season. Shipley played defensive tackle on the foreign team.
DaQuan Jones heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 4/112 - DaQuan Jones, NT, 6-4, 322, Penn State...Jones is the type of defensive lineman the Titans need as they switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 system. He is plenty big to handle the nose tackle role, and also could see some time at the end positions. Jones has a high motor and has some pass-rush ability from the interior, which will help as the Titans make a scheme transition. - The Sports Xchange
Jeremy Boone heading into rSr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: P 39-1678-43; Honorable mention All-Big Ten. 2007: P 59-2538-43, 5 TB, 14 FC, 25 in 20, 0 blocked; Among the biggest shoes to fill entering the 2007 season were those of punter Jeremy Kapinos, who was a finalist for the 2006 Ray Guy Award and an Associated Press third-team All-American. But Boone pinned the opposition inside the 20 on 25 of his 59 kicks en route to first-team All-Big Ten recognition by the coaches and media. Boone averaged 43.0 yards on his 59 punts, which is the third-best figure in school season history. He led the Big Ten and was 19th in the nation. Penn State led the Big Ten and was No. 3 in the nation in net punting at 41.1 yards per kick. 2006: Boone continued to work hard and improve, but did not see any game action as the top reserve to senior Jeremy Kapinos, a finalist for the Ray Guy Award and a third-team All-American. 2005: Redshirt season.
Derrick Williams heading into Sr season: 2008: The Hall Foundation Award winner as the team MVP, Williams was the only player in the nation to score this season via a rush, reception, kickoff return and punt return...The split end and team captain started all thirteen games, ranking second on the team with 44 receptions (11th on the school single-season record list) for 485 yards (11.0 avg) and four touchdowns... Ranked fourth on the squad with 43 carries for 243 yards (5.7 avg) and three scores... Attempted three passes, completing one for 23 yards vs. Iowa...Ranked fifth in the league with 18 punt returns for 169 yards (9.39 avg) and a touchdown...Placed second in the Big Ten and 28th nationally with 20 kickoff returns for 515 yards (25.8 avg) and a pair of scores...Ranked eighth in the league with an average of 108.62 all-purpose yards per game...Caught 56.41 percent of the passes targeted to him (44 of 78), as seven of those throws were deflected by the opposition (8.97 percent)...Produced 28 first downs among his 44 grabs (61.36 percent), converting 8 of 14 third-down pass plays (57.14 percent)...20 of his catches were good for at least 10 yards (45.45 percent), including six for 20 yards or longer (13.64 percent)...Had key receptions that led to ten Penn State touchdowns and five field goals...Fumbled three times, once each vs. Tennessee, Wisconsin and Oregon State...Williams started 43 of 46 games during his career, catching 161 passes for 1,743 yards (10.83 avg) and nine touchdowns...His 1,743 yards rank 10th in school history and his 161 grabs rank third, topped by teammate Deon Butler's 179 catches (2005-08) and Bobby Engram's 167 (1991-95)...His 55 receptions in 2007 tied Terry Smith (1991) for third on the school single-season record list behind O.J. McDuffie (63 in 1992) and Engram (63 in 1995)...Gained 4,156 all-purpose yards for the Nittany Lions, ranking behind Larry Johnson (5,045 yards; 1999-2002), Curt Warner (4,982; 1979-82) and Blair Thomas (4,512; 1985-87, 89)...Gained 1,095 yards with two touchdowns on 50 kickoff returns (21.9 avg), joining Johnson (1,117; 2000-02) and Kenny Watson (1,509; 1996-2000) as the only players during the Joe Paterno era to gain more than 1,000 yards via kickoff returns...Returned a total of five kicks (three punts, two kickoffs) for touchdowns, a school career record...Added 724 yards and three touchdowns on 66 punt returns (10.97 avg)...Carried 117 times for 594 yards (5.08 avg) and eight scores, as he also completed 1 of 5 pass attempts for 23 yards...In the 2008 Illinois contest, Williams became the first player under Paterno to score a via a rush, reception and kick return in the same game.
Gerald Cadogan heading into rSr season: 2008: Cadogan registered a team-high 106 knockdowns/key blocks and led the conference (tied for second in the nation) with 23 touchdown-resulting blocks, as he added 10 blocks downfield and allowed just two quarterback sacks on 383 pass plays...Became the first offensive lineman in school history (since records were kept from 1985) to grade over 90% for blocking consistency five times (seven to date) in the same season, as he also tied the conference annual record that was first set by Wisconsin's Joe Thomas in 2006...The unquestioned leader of the front wall, that unit helped the team average 205.85 yards per game rushing, 448.92 yards per game in total offense and rank 11th in the nation in scoring (38.92 points per game)...Joined his fellow line mates in producing a front wall that ranked eighth nationally, allowing only 1.00 quarterback sacks per game...The left tackle came up with key blocks on 59 of 75 rushing attempts (78.67%) by PSU running backs that gained at least 10 yards...He also provided pass protection on 80-of-125 completions (64.00%) that went for 10 yards or longer...2007: Cadogan started all 13 games at left tackle in 2007. He was selected honorable-mention All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. Cadogan also earned first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors, becoming Penn State's 36th such honoree under Joe Paterno. A two-time Academic All-District selection, Cadogan and the offensive line were instrumental in helping Rodney Kinlaw post the fourth 1,000-yard rushing season by a Nittany Lion in the past six years. Kinlaw's total of 1,326 yards was ninth highest in school season history. Cadogan helped Penn State average 400.1 yards per game - 193.8 rushing and 206.3 passing - and 5.5 yards per play...2006: Playing in 11 games, Cadogan was instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions rush for a season-high 389 yards against Youngstown State, their highest total in four years, and gain 233 yards rushing against Northwestern...2005: Cadogan worked his way to No. 2 on the depth chart at left tackle behind Brown, playing against Cincinnati, Central Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois. He was on the field for 41 snaps, including 32 in the win at Illinois. He earned Academic All-Big Ten honors...2004: Redshirt season.
Donovan Smith heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Buccaneers' seven picks: Round 2/34 - Donovan Smith, T, 6-6, 325, Penn State...You can't draft Winston and invest $24 million in him without protecting that investment. Smith is a big, athletic blocker who should win the starting job at left tackle. Got a head start in pro-style offense playing two seasons for Bill O'Brien. - The Sports Xchange
*Navorro Bowman heading into rJr season: 2008: 13 GP; 10 GS; 61 Sol-106 TT, 16.5 TFL, 4 SK, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FR, 2 FF; First team All-Big Ten. Suspended during spring 2008 after arrest for an on-campus fight...2007: 9 GP; 0 GS; 4 Sol-16 TT, 2.5 TFL, 1 SK, 1 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF, 1 BLK; In his first season on the field, Bowman played in nine contests, missing the Iowa and Wisconsin games due to a sprained ankle suffered in the contest at Illinois. He recorded 16 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, with one sack, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a blocked kick and a pass breakup. Bowman made a strong debut, forcing and recovering a fumble, partially blocking a punt and making two solo tackles in the 59-0 season-opening win over Florida International. He registered his first career sack against Ohio State, taking down the Buckeyes' Todd Boeckman for a six-yard loss. Bowman made a season-high three tackles each in the games with Buffalo and Ohio State, with two stops each against Florida International, Notre Dame and Purdue. He saw action on 307 snaps on defense and special teams, led by 59 plays at Michigan...2006: Redshirt season.
Joe Suhey heading into rSr season: 2010: Started seven games while playing in every contest on offense and special teams. Ranked seventh on the team with 15 receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown. Had eight carries for 15 yards in addition to his outstanding blocking. 2009: Playing in every game, with two starts. Ranked fifth on the squad with 21 receptions for 186 yards and one touchdown and gained 68 rushing yards on 22 carries. Finished the regular-season with three catches for 40 yards in the win at Michigan State, including a leaping 30-yard catch-and-run down the far sideline for his first career receiving touchdown; also gained 16 yards on just three carries against the Spartans. 2008: Saw action in every game on offense and special teams. Gained 26 yards on nine carries and had two receptions for 36 yards during the year. 2007: Cited for underage drinking in October 2007. Redshirted. Personal: Father, Matt, was a standout running back at Penn State from 1976-79 before starting a lengthy career with the NFL Chicago Bears. Great-grandfather, Bob Higgins, was the second All-American in Penn State football history, earning the honor in 1915 and 1919, and later served as head coach from 1930-48. Grandfather, Steve, was a letterman at guard in 1942 and again in 1946-47, garnering All-America honors his senior season. Matt and two other of Steve's sons, Paul and Larry, played for Penn State in the 1970s. First cousins, Kevin, was a quarterback and special teams player for the Nittany Lions from 2005-07.
Andrew Quarless heading into Sr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 12 GP; 1 GS; Rec: 11-117-10.6-1; Suspended one game with two other teammates after police found marijuana in their apartment. Arrested in March 2008 for DUI, underage drinking and failure to obey traffic signals. 2007: 10 GP; 7 GS; Rec: 14-205-14.6-2; 1 Sol-1 TT; Suspended for the first two games in 2007 after citation for underage drinking. Quarless played in the final 10 games of the season, earning seven starts. 2006: 11 GP; 8 GS; Rec: 21-288-13.7-2; Playing in every game, true freshman Quarless became a reliable and favorite target of Anthony Morelli as the season progressed. He made a season-long catch of 29 yards in each of the last three regular-season games and snared a two-yard touchdown pass from Morelli in the Outback Bowl victory over No. 17 Tennessee. Quarless was fifth on the squad with 21 receptions for 288 yards (13.7 avg.) and two touchdowns, earning first-team Freshman All-Big Ten accolades from The Sporting News. He started nine games, including the last seven, and had the highest average among Nittany Lions with 10 or more receptions. Quarless contributed 16 of his 21 receptions over the last six contests, helping the Lions win five of the games. He also was instrumental in helping Tony Hunt become just the sixth Nittany Lion to twice gain 1,000 yards rushing in a season, finishing second in career rushing with 3,320 yards. Quarless earned his first start at No. 4 Notre Dame in the second week of the season, made his first two career catches against Youngstown State, and added two grabs for 31 yards against Northwestern. He made three receptions for 36 yards at Purdue, including a big 22-yarder during a fourth-quarter touchdown drive in the 12-0 win. Quarless was a bright spot for the Lions at No. 17 Wisconsin, making a season-best five receptions for a team-high 62 yards, including a career-long of 29 yards. His five catches were the most by a Penn State tight end since John Gilmore had five receptions against Northwestern in 2001. Quarless made two catches for 33 yards, including a 29-yard grab, in the Temple game. Against Michigan State, he led the team with a season-high 87 yards on four receptions and snared his first career touchdown on a 17-yard catch and run from Morelli in the second quarter. His 87 receiving yards were the most by a Nittany Lion tight end since Matt Kranchick had 136 yards against Wisconsin in 2003. Quarless equaled his career-long with another 29-yard catch in the third quarter that took the ball to the Michigan State six-yard line and set up the go-ahead touchdown. Quarless was on the field for 583 snaps, led by 79 plays in the shutout win at Purdue. Personal: Full name is Andrew C. Quarless. He is enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. Born October 6, 1988.
Jordan Hill heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 3/87 - Jordan Hill, DT, 6-1, 303, Penn State...Considered a natural pass rusher from the interior of the defense who will compete for time as a rotational guy. - The Sports Xchange
Jack Crawford heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Raiders' picks: 5/158 - Jack Crawford, DE, 6-5, 274 Penn State...The London-born Crawford was late to football but showed promise with 6.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss, batting down six passes. COULD SURPRISE: Defensive end Jack Crawford: Although he disappeared at times at Penn State, Crawford could become an asset in nickel situations with his long arms and ability to deflect and bat down passes, as well as on extra points and field goals. - The Sports Xchange
Gerald Hodges heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Vikings' picks: 4/120 - Gerald Hodges, LB, 6-1, 243, Penn State...Picked for a cover ability that matches the Vikings' Tampa 2-based scheme, Hodges is a former high school quarterback who went to Penn State as a safety. He could provide depth at will linebacker, but may grow into an NFL sam linebacker that can move inside and play deep middle zone coverage in a Cover 2. - The Sports Xchange
John Urschel heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 5/175 -- John Urschel, G, 6-3, 313, Penn State...A technically sound blocker with quick feet, Urschel is an academic star who had a 4.0 grade point average and earned a master's degree. - The Sports Xchange
Mickey Shuler heading into rSr season: 2008: 13 GP; 6 GS; Rec: 9-120-13.3-1 2007: 13 GP; 2 GS; Rec: 7-91-13-1; In the 2007 season-opener against Florida International, Shuler grabbed his first career pass and ran it into the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown. Playing in every game on offense and special teams, Shuler has made significant strides, improving as a receiver and blocker. Earned starts against Buffalo, Iowa and Wisconsin. He saw action on 434 plays, led by 68 in the win over Notre Dame. 2006: In his first season on the field, Shuler gained experience at tight end and fullback and saw action in several games. 2005: Redshirt season. Personal: Father, Mickey Sr., was a standout tight end for the Nittany Lions, earning letters from 1975-77. He was selected by the New York Jets in the third round of the 1976 NFL Draft and enjoyed a highly successful career with the Jets (1978-89) and Philadelphia Eagles (1990-91).
Josh Hull heading into rSr season: 2009 Texas vs the Nation Invite…2007: Saw action in all 13 games, recording 18 tackles…2006: Played in every game on defense and special teams, recording six tackles (four solo). He added depth to arguably the nation's top linebacker unit…2005: Redshirt.
Rich Ohrnberger heading into rSr season: 2007: In 2007, his second season as a starter, Ohrnberger began turning his experience and natural physical gifts into becoming one of the top offensive linemen in the Big Ten. A starter in every game in 2007, 12 at left guard, he was selected secondteam All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. He should be a strong candidate for first-team all-conference accolades this season. Ohrnberger and the offensive line were instrumental in helping Rodney Kinlaw post the fourth 1,000-yard rushing season by a Nittany Lion in the past six years. Kinlaw's total of 1,326 yards was ninth-highest in school season history. Ohrnberger helped Penn State average 400.1 yards per game - 193.8 rushing and 206.3 passing - and 5.5 yards per play. The Nittany Lions ran for 200 yards or more six times, with 270 yards against Texas A&M in the Valero Alamo Bowl, 256 yards against Iowa and 251 yards against Purdue...2006: Ohrnberger played in every game and started the last nine games at right guard. He helped the Nittany Lions rush for a season-high 389 yards against Youngstown State, their highest total in four years, and gain 233 yards rushing against Northwestern. At Purdue, Ohrnberger and the O-Line paved the way for 240 yards on the ground. The Lions rushed for 212 yards against Temple to record Penn State's fourth 200-yard rushing game of the season. He helped Tony Hunt become just the sixth Nittany Lion to compile a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons, finishing second in Penn State career rushing with 3,320 yards. Ohrnberger was on the field for 784 snaps, second-highest among all offensive linemen and third-highest among all offensive players...2005: Ohrnberger made his collegiate debut against Central Michigan...2004: Redshirt season.
Anthony Scirrotto heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 11 GS; PR: 5-35-7-0; 28 Sol-65 TT, 1 TFL, 3 INT, 3 PBU, 1 FR; Arrested for summary harassment, burglary, simple assault and criminal trespass in connection to an April 2007 fight at an off-campus apartment, pled guilty to reduced charge of defient trepass (25 days community service, fine) and the other charges were dropped. Anthony Scirrotto led the Nittany Lions in interceptions for the second consecutive season in 2007. A physical player that loves to deliver a jarring hit, he has started all 26 games the past two seasons at the Hero position and played a significant role in the success of Penn State's Top 10 defense...2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; PR: 6-54-9-0 KR: 1-29-29-0; 42 Sol-90 TT, 8 TFL, 5.5 SK, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FR, 2 FF; Scirrotto started every game at Hero, improved and gained confidence to become a significant force for the defense and special teams. He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors, leading the conference with six interceptions, and finishing second in the Big Ten with 14 passes defended. Scirrotto was an iron-man, leading the team with 1,001 snaps, topped by 98 against Akron and 97 versus Michigan State...2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; PR: 5-42-8.4-0; Scirrotto played in 11 games, providing depth for a secondary that featured four senior starters and gained experience on special teams. He grabbed his first career interception at Illinois and was second on the team with five punt returns for an 8.4 average. He had a pair of returns for 21 yards against the Illini.
Michael Mauti heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Vikings' picks: 7/213 - Michael Mauti, ILB, 6-2, 243, Penn State...A determined athlete that is coming back from his third torn ACL. He's torn his left one twice (2009 and 2012) and his right one once (2011). Mauti hopes to be ready for the start of training camp, but is more of a longer-term project than a candidate to fill the team's opening for a starting middle linebacker. - The Sports Xchange
Johnnie Troutman heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 5/149 - Johnnie Troutman, G, 6-4, 325, Penn State...Looking for depth, and maybe more, the Chargers tabbed this sturdy man from the Nittany Lions. - The Sports Xchange
Ollie Ogbu heading into rSr season: 2009: Ogbu made 30 tackles, with 8.0 tackles for loss (minus-19), two sacks and a teamhigh three forced fumbles. He ranked sixth in TFL on a team that led the Big Ten and was sixth in the nation in minus-yardage plays (105 TFL, 8.08 per game)...2008: Played in every game for the second consecutive year, helping Penn State rank No. 8 in the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 93.2 yards per game. A starter in nine contests, Ogbu recorded 17 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for losses, with two sacks...2007: Playing in every game, with four starts, Ogbu was fourth on the squad with 10.0 TFL for minus-29 yards. Only All-Big Ten honorees Maurice Evans, Dan Connor and Sean Lee delivered more minus-yardage plays than Ogbu. For the season, he made 18 tackles, with 10.0 TFL, one sack and one forced fumble...2006: Redshirted.
Evan Royster heading into rSr season: 2010: A three-time all-conference honoree, Royster became Penn State's career rushing yardage leader during the 2010 campaign, finishing with 3,932 yards. The previous mark was 3,398 yards by Curt Warner (1979-82). A three-year starter, Royster gained 98 yards against Florida in the 2011 Outback Bowl to become the first Nittany Lion with three 1,000-yard rushing seasons, gaining 1,014 yards and six touchdowns, along with 25 receptions for 202 yards and a touchdown this past season. The former Westfield High School standout posted 15 career 100-yard rushing games, topped by 187 yards vs. Temple this season, and the Nittany Lions were 15-0 when he cracked the century mark. Royster scored 29 career rushing touchdowns, with both marks tied for fifth in school history...2009: Selected first team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media after receiving second-team accolades in 2008. He was ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten in rushing at 89.9 ypg and his 5.7 per carry average was first among all conference players with at least 110 carries. The instinctive and strong Royster also was fifth in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (104.9 ypg). He gained 1,169 yards on 205 carries in 2009, with six touchdowns. He also had 16 receptions for 187 yards (11.7) and two scores and tallied a team-high 1,364 all-purpose yards...2008: Royster was impressive, gaining 1,236 rushing yards on 191 attempts (6.5) and scoring 12 touchdowns. His 1,236 yards ranked as the 10th-best rushing season in Penn State history and were a school record for a sophomore, eclipsing Curtis Enis' 1,210 yards in 1996. Royster also ranked third on the squad with 17 receptions for 155 yards, compiling 1,391 all-purpose yards, second only to Derrick Williams. Rushing for 100 yards or more five times, his 72 points were sixth-highest in the Big Ten among non-kickers. His eye-popping 6.47 per carry average was third-highest among the nation's Top 30 rushers...2007: Playing in 12 games, Royster gained 513 yards on 82 carries for a superb 6.3 average, tops among the team's primary ball-carriers. He was second on the team in rushing, scored five rushing touchdowns and caught three passes for 18 yards...2006: Redshirt.
Deon Butler heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 11 GS; Rush: 1-(-11)-(-11)-0; Rec: 47-633-13.5-4; A three-year starter, Butler got the opening nod 12 times in 2007 and made 47 receptions for a team-high 633 yards (13.5) and four touchdowns. He made a touchdown catch in each of the last three contests of 2007 and his 47 receptions were tied for No. 10 on the school season list. He was on the field for 672 snaps in 2007, led by 71 at Indiana. The intelligent and instinctive Butler has joined classmates Jordan Norwood and Derrick Williams in becoming the first trio of Nittany Lions to each make 40 or more catches in a season, accomplishing the feat the past two years...2006: 13 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 1-(-3)-(-3)-0; Rec: 48-637-13.3-2; A starter in 12 games, Butler was the Nittany Lions' leading receiver for the second consecutive season. He made 48 receptions for 637 yards (13.3) and two touchdowns to earn honorable-mention All-Big Ten recognition. His 48 catches were tied for sixth all-time in a season at Penn State. He was third on the squad with 634 all-purpose yards...2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 1-6-6-0; Rec: 37-691-18.7-9; It was a breakout season for Butler, who led Penn State with 37 receptions for 691 yards and nine touchdowns, tied for fourth-highest overall on the school season list. He broke four school freshman records, including season receptions (37), receiving yards in a game (125 vs. Wisconsin) and season (691) and TD catches (nine). His 18.7 yards per catch average was tops among players with 10 or more receptions and he posted 11 catches of 20 yards or longer (seven for TDs). For his efforts, he was named a third-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News and earned a spot on TSN's Freshman All-Big Ten team. Butler also was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten choice...2004: Redshirt Season.
Dennis Landolt heading into rSr season: 2009 Texas vs the Nation Invite…2008: Honorable mention All-Big Ten. Suffered left knee injury in bowl game. 2007: Dennis Landolt earned a starting assignment prior to the 2007 season and emerged as the anchor of the right side of the offensive line. A starter in every game, Landolt and the offensive line paved the way for Penn State to gain 2,519 rushing yards in 2007, with 27 touchdowns, averaging 4.8 yards per attempt, up 0.6 from 2006. Landolt was on the field for 998 snaps, tied for second-highest on the team. 2006: Landolt served as the top reserve at left tackle behind All-American Levi Brown. He played in six games, seeing action on 46 snaps. 2005: Redshirt season.
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