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Penn State In The NFL Recap: Posluszny Has Career Day

Penn State boasts a long list of alumni on NFL rosters, many of whom made significant impacts for their respective teams this past weekend. Let’s take a look at some of the most impressive performances.

Paul Posluszny, Allen Robinson, Jared Odrick – Jacksonville Jaguars

Posluszny, who is widely considered one of the most prolific members of the Linebacker U fraternity, was all over the field in Jacksonville’s 51-17 loss at home to the New England Patriots. Posluszny recorded a ridiculous 18 tackles (14 solo), a career-high for the nine-year veteran. While his numbers were hardly as gaudy as his week-two breakout, Robinson put together a solid afternoon, notching four receptions for 68 yards. Odrick picked up two solo tackles and a stuff.

Chris Hogan – Buffalo Bills

The four-year lacrosse player at Penn State continues to prove he belongs catching passes in the NFL. Hogan grabbed his first touchdown catch of the season Sunday on a 38-yard strike from quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the Bills’ 41-14 win at the Miami Dolphins. Hogan finished with three receptions for 42 yards, including the fourth quarter score.

Sean Lee – Dallas Cowboys

Lee has dealt with a fair amount of injuries the past few seasons, missing all of 2014, but he appears to be back at full strength as one of two captains on the Cowboys’ defense. Lee racked up 10 tackles (seven solo) and a sack in Dallas’ 39-28 loss at home to the Atlanta Falcons. Lee continues to show why he’s considered one of the most versatile linebackers in the League.


NaVorro Bowman led San Francisco’s defense with nine tackles (seven solo), despite the 49ers losing big to the Arizona Cardinals 47-7.

Garry Gilliam continued to play a big role along the Seahawks’ offensive line, making his third start of the season at right tackle, while defensive tackle Jordan Hill recorded four tackles (two solo) and two stuffs in Seattle’s 26-0 drubbing at home against Chicago. Bears kicker Robbie Gould wasn’t used Sunday due to the shutout.

Jordan Norwood, who graduated from State College Area High School, continued to make an impact for the Broncos. Norwood finished with three receptions for 27 yards in Denver’s 24-12 win on the road over the Detroit Lions.

Donovan Smith continues to hold down Jameis Winston’s blindside as Tampa Bay’s starting left tackle. The Buccaneers fell 19-9 to the Houston Texans.

John Urschel, Penn State’s football’s favorite math whiz, continues to show his value as a versatile backup for Baltimore. Urschel single-handedly mans the Ravens’ two-deep at center, and both guard spots. Baltimore dropped Sunday’s contest 28-24 at home against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Gerald Hodges registered four tackles (three solo) for the Vikings in Minnesota’s 31-14 win over the San Diego Chargers at home.

Nate Stupar and Jack Crawford made their first-career starts for the Falcons and Cowboys, respectively.

Kansas City outside linebacker Tamba Hali appears to be ready for the Chiefs’ Monday Night Football matchup against the Green Bay Packers after dealing with a neck issue despite playing in Week Two.

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]


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