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Penn State In The NFL: Mauti, A-Rob Have Big Days

It’s widely known that Penn State has a knack for molding its young players into NFL greats. This week, past Penn State players continued to impress and show just how productive they are at the most prestigious level of football.

Michael Mauti – New Orleans Saints

In a miraculous special teams play, Michael Mauti blocked a punt by the Atlanta Falcons and returned it for a touchdown. This play was reminiscent of Steve Gleason’s famous block against the Falcons in 2006. Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, was in attendance Thursday at the Superdome. Upon seeing Mauti’s play, Gleason prompted a trolling follow-up tweet:

Allen Robinson and Paul Posluszny – Jacksonville Jaguars

Even with a tough loss to the Houston Texans, this Penn State duo produced a solid showing. Offensively, Allen Robinson caught six passes for 86 yards, including his fifth touchdown, one score behind three players for a share of the league lead. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury in the fourth quarter after colliding with a Houston safety. Robinson was helped off the field and later seen using a crutch after the game. As far as defense goes, Paul Posluszny had an outstanding game. He recorded ten tackles for the Jaguars, including two for a loss. Posluszny now has 49 tackles on the season.

NaVorro Bowman – San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco defeated the Baltimore Ravens 25-20 and finally snapped its four-game losing streak. In the victory, NaVorro Bowman stepped up and proved just how important of an asset he is to the Niners’ defense. Bowman brought down Baltimore offensive players a whopping 15 times, including one tackle for a loss. He’s been nothing short of incredible this season, with 59 tackles already stacked up in 2015.


  • Cameron Wake of the Miami Dolphins had a field day against the Titans, causing turmoil all while filling up the defensive stat sheet. Wake recorded four sacks and two forced fumbles in Miami’s win over Tennessee.
  • The Chicago Bears lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the Detroit Lions 37-34, but two Penn Staters had notable games. Safety Adrian Amos collected four tackles, three of them solo. On the flip-side, Robbie Gould was perfect for the Bears’ special teams. Gould nailed every one of his four attempted field goals.
  • Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Tamba Hali had a decent showing on Sunday, making five tackles during his stint against the Minnesota Vikings. The Chiefs went on to lose however, 16-10.
  • Former Penn State lacrosse player Chris Hogan recorded two receptions for the Buffalo Bills, totaling 31 yards of offense.
  • The New Orleans Saints handed Atlanta its first loss of the season and struggles were evident everywhere. Falcons linebacker Nate Stupar’s play was no different, with just one lone statistic: an assisted tackle.
  • With week six coming to a close, Garry Gilliam continues to play an important role in the Seattle Seahawk’s offense, making his sixth consecutive start.

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Kaitlyn Dividock

Kaitlyn is a staff writer for Onward State who is entirely too enthusiastic about Pittsburgh sports, music festivals, and crude humor. She is a senior English major who concentrates in Professional and Media Writing and minors in Sociology. She is really fun and very cool, and her favorite color is red. If for some reason you can't find her, she's probably at Primanti's with an ice cold IC Light in her hand. You can follow her on Twitter (@kaitdivi) if you want quality #content, or contact her via email at [email protected]

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