Posts tagged ‘Dallas Cowboys’

We Are… “Linebacker U”? It Sure Looks That Way

It’s not that Penn State ever stopped producing great linebackers, but enough other schools have turned out really good ones in recent years that some fans and media observers have tried to reassign the Lions’ unofficial title of “Linebacker U.”

Well, enough of that.

On Wednesday, Dallas Cowboys’ second-year linebacker Sean Lee ’09 was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month. Through three games, Lee—who wasn’t guaranteed to be a starter this season—was the NFL’s second-leading tackler. Fourth on that list? Another second-year linebacker, Navorro Bowman ’09 of the San Francisco 49ers. This after a 2010 season in which two of the league’s top-three sack leaders were linebackers Tamba Hali ’06 of the Kansas City Chiefs and Cameron (formerly Derek) Wake ’04 of the Miami Dolphins. (In fairness, Hali played defensive end in college, and Wake was something of a “tweener” between ‘backer and end while at Penn State.) And the NFL’s third-leading tackler last season? That was linebacker Paul Posluszny ’06, now of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

There are a couple more linebackers among the 31 ex-Nittany Lions on current NFL rosters. You can keep up with all of them with weekly updates on

Ryan Jones, senior editor

September 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

A Bowl Pick, a Pick-6, and $123 Grand for College = A Great Weekend for Penn State Football

Like it so often has under Joe Paterno, the Penn State football team will open the New Year in Florida, where the Nittany Lions will face the Florida Gators in the 2011 Outback Bowl. Thinking about making the trip? Here’s all you need to know about the Alumni Association’s official bowl tour packages. It’s a blustery 25 degrees today in State College, so I’m considering heading down to Florida right now.

Cold and wind were no issue Sunday in Indianapolis, where the Dallas Cowboys knocked off the Colts. What does that have to do with us? Only that the ‘Boys wouldn’t have won without some huge plays from Sean Lee ’09. The rookie linebacker (above) picked off two passes Sunday, returning the first for a touchdown (see video here), then—after leaving the game with a sprained shoulder—came back and hauled in a tipped passed in overtime (here) to set up Dallas’ game-winning field goal.

Speaking of Dallas: That’s where Oklahoma and Nebraska played Saturday night for the Big 12 Conference championship. But the night’s biggest winner was George Hayward, a Penn State sophomore who won $123,000 in the Dr. Pepper Million Dollar Tuition Giveaway. He threw 10 footballs into an oversized soda can at halftime of the game to claim the prize.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

December 6, 2010 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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