Posts tagged ‘Sean Lee’

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

Jared Odrick is a Miami Dolphin

Miami made Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick a first-round draft pick last night, selecting him as the No. 28 overall pick in the NFL draft. It’s likely that Odrick will move to defensive end in the Dolphins’ scheme.

For some coverage of Odrick, check out the story in this morning’s Centre Daily Times and the one in the Miami Herald. Additionally, the Philadelphia Daily News has a good story on Odrick, and the New York Times has an interesting blog in which Nick Corasaniti takes a look at how Penn State will replace him on the defensive line.

The draft resumes tonight, with Sean Lee ’09 among the Nittany Lions hoping his name will be called.

Tina Hay, editor

April 23, 2010 at 7:18 am Leave a comment

Fun with Andrew Pitz at Football Media Day

Thursday was Penn State’s annual preseason Football Media Day. The weather was gorgeous (a rarity in Happy Valley this summer), giving the 100 or so attending media a chance to mingle outdoors with a roughly equal number of Nittany Lion players and coaches. Potential All-Americans like Daryll Clark, Evan Royster, and Sean Lee were the obvious draw for most of the reporters, but Media Day is also a great chance to catch up with some of the lesser-known Lions.

I met Andrew Pitz ’09 earlier this summer; he was interning in the College of Communications for Mike Poorman ’82, a good friend who directs the college’s alumni relations. Andrew seemed like a great kid (not to mention a smart one — he was a first-team Academic All-American last year), so when I ran into him yesterday on the immaculate practice fields next to the Lasch Football Building, I said hello. Then I decided he’d be a great candidate on which to try out our Flip Cam, which we’ve been meaning to put to use for the blog.

Andrew laughed when I pulled out the camera, joking that he’d made a bet with himself about how many media members would actually want to talk to the long-snapper — his guess was “no more than three.” When I wasn’t interviewing his teammates, I kept the camera trained on Pitz to find out just how popular he was.

A few things you’ll notice: One, Andrew doesn’t take himself too seriously (if you listen closely, you might be able to hear senior linebacker Josh Hull whistle at Pitz as he walks by, around the :13 mark). And two, I’m still perfecting the art of Flip Cam directing. Hopefully I’ll get better.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

August 14, 2009 at 4:54 pm 4 comments

The Blue Band on YouTube

Vince Verbeke ’82 called my attention to the fact that you can now watch WPSU-TV’s excellent one-hour special, Making the Blue Band, on YouTube. Or, if 58 minutes is a little longer than you like to spend in front of your computer monitor, you can watch the five-minute trailer for the show.

It turns out that WPSU (which some of you may remember as WPSX-TV; they changed the call letters a few years back) has a whole channel on YouTube, where you can find everything from full-length specials on autism, Alzheimer’s, and other topics, to episodes of the high-school game show Scholastic Scrimmage, to three- to five-minute gardening pieces on such topics as composting, growing blueberries, and creating a butterfly garden. I also noticed an interview from last football season with Sean Lee, who was taking a medical redshirt at the time while rehabbing a knee injury.

Lots of good stuff here.

Tina Hay, editor

May 22, 2009 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Sean Lee Update

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review had a story this week about Penn State linebacker Sean Lee’s return from ACL surgery. Lee will be back with the team when spring drills start on March 25, but won’t take part in any contact drills. The paper quotes defensive coordinator Tom Bradley ’78, ’86g as saying, “We know what he can do. We don’t need to see it in the spring.”

Tina Hay, editor

March 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

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