Before looking ahead to Big Ten play and discussing Illinois, we are shifting our focus for a day to check out how some former Penn State Nittany Lions are performing in the National Football League. Yesterday was a particularly good day for Penn State as three former linebackers recorded interceptions. Let’s take a look:
Navorro Bowman – Bowman has turned into a flat out stud linebacker in his third year in the NFL. He has twenty nine tackles through three games and intercepted Aaron Rodgers in Week 1 to help the 49ers upset the Packers.
Sean Lee – Lee is having another strong season with thirty one tackles through three games. He intercepted Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman yesterday to help the Cowboys to their second win of the season.
Paul Posluszny — Posluszny has twenty two tackles after the first three weeks and intercepted Andrew Luck to help his Jaguars defeat the Colts.
Bryan Scott – Scott recorded his second interception of the season today for the Bills. He came up one yard short of returning it for a touchdown and put to rest any hopes the Browns had of a last minute comeback.
Robbie Gould – Steady as always, Gould has not missed a kick all season and connected on a fifty four yard field goal yesterday as the Bears defeated the Rams.
Stefen Wisniewski — In his second year in the NFL, Wisniewski is starting at center for the Raiders. The Oakland offense had a productive day in an upset victory over the Steelers.
Tamba Hali — It’s been a bit of a rough start for Hali who was suspended for the opener as a result of violating the league’s substance abuse penalty. He has some work to do if he hopes to record double digit sacks for the third straight season.
Michael Robinson — Coming off a pro bowl season, the former All-Big Ten quarterback is one again playing fullback for the Seahawks. He’ll be in action tonight against the Packers.
Dan Connor – In his first season with the Cowboys after spending four with the Panthers, Connor has recorded five tackles so far.
Andrew Quarless – After winning a Super Bowl with the Packers in his rookie season, Quarless has not recorded a catch yet this season. Perhaps that will change tonight, as he takes on the Seahawks on Monday Night Football.
Cameron Wake — Wake has eight tackles through the first three games but is still searching for his first sack after putting up big numbers with the Dolphins over the past two seasons.
Jared Odrick – Odrick helped sack Mark Sanchez today, and then did this after. Enjoy.
Josh Hull – A 7th round pick in 2010 after being a former walk-on at Penn State, Hull only has a few tackles this year but has carved out a role with the Rams.
Aaron Maybin – Maybin had a nice season with the Jets last year but is off to a slow start in 2012 and suffered an injury yesterday.
Evan Royster — The second year player was the projected starter for the Redskins heading into the season but fell victim to Mike Shanahan’s unpredictable nature when it comes to running backs. He has five carries for thirty five yards so far.
Devon Still – The rookie defensive tackle is seeing some time with the Bengals and has three tackles so far.
Jordan Norwood – The former Penn State receiver is a member of the Browns but has not been active yet for a game.
Tim Shaw – A member of the Titans, Shaw has recorded two tackles through three games. The former linebacker has always been a scrappy player who frequently contributes on special teams.
Justin King — King is in his first year with the Colts after previously playing for the Rams. He has three tackles so far this season.
Jack Crawford — No statistics yet for the Oakland rookie after three games.
Rich Ohrnberger — Ohrnberger is a backup offensive lineman for the Cardinals. His Twitter account (@ohrnberger) is one of the best in the NFL.
Scott Paxson – Known for recovering this legendary fumble, Paxson is on the Browns’ injury reserve with a torn MCL.
Dennis Landolt – Landolt is a backup offensive lineman for the Jets but was inactive for their victory over the Dolphins yesterday.
Johnnie Troutman – A fifth round pick of the Chargers last spring, Troutman has a lot of potential but will miss the season following surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.
A.Q. Shipley — The former team captain and All-American currently finds himself on the Colts’ practice squad awaiting an opportunity.
Brett Brackett — After being released by the Eagles, Brackett landed in Jacksonville but hurt his knee which has landed him on injured reserve.
Other rookies including Stephfon Green, D’Anton Lynn, and Nate Stupar are still searching for teams after being released by the Lions, Jets, and Raiders respectively.
We will try to do this again later in the season, but for constant updates on Nittany Lions in the NFL, @PSUintheNFL is a great follow.