September 23, 2010

Always For The Glory: Week 3 NFL Update

There are injuries all over the place for our Penn State alums this week in the NFL, as Jared Odrick, Josh Hull, and Paul Posluszny were forced to cheer on their teams from the sidelines.

A couple solid performances though by the Penn Staters that did play, and a midweek transaction put one of the great running backs in PSU history on the unemployment line. Without further ado, here's what happened in week 2 of the NFL season for the Penn Staters of the past.

Deon Butler, WR, Seahawks:

After scoring his first career touchdown in week one, Butler had another solid showing in week two. He caught five passes for 50 yards, and seems to be on his way in following in fellow Nittany Lion alum Bobby Engram's footsteps. Engram played a large portion of his career with the Seahawks. This week Butler and Michael Robinson's Seahawks host the Chargers at 4:15 p.m.

Dan Connor, LB, Panthers
Not quite the 13 tackle performance that Connor had in his first career start last week, but the all time PSU leading tackler still managed six total tackles and one for a loss. The Panthers lost to the Buccaneers 20-7 and host the Bengals this Sunday at 1 p.m. as they try for the first win of the season.

Kerry Collins, QB, Titans

Five years after a last second loss cost Penn State the chance to play Texas in the national championship game, a Nittany Lion overtook a Longhorn on the Titans depth chart, even if it was for just one game. Vince Young struggled in the first half, which prompted Titans coach Jeff Fisher to go with the veteran Kerry Collins. Collins completed 17 of 25 passes for 149 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Unfortunately for Collins, Young is expected to get the start this week in the 1:00 match up with the Giants.

Tamba Hali, LB, Chiefs
He is still a defensive end in my book, but does play outside linebacker for the Chiefs, so we'll go with that. Hali did apply some pressure when he recorded the quarterback hit, but the pass rusher was unable to get a sack.

Navorro Bowman, LB, 49ers
It is rather refreshing to see a Penn State linebacker on the field in his rookie season, and we got to see a lot of that with Bowman on Monday Night Football. Bowman recorded five total tackles on defense and one on special teams as well in the loss to the Saints.

Cameron Wake, LB, Dolphins
I've always felt rather grateful that I didn't watch much Penn State football from 2002-2004. It seems I did miss watching a great Nittany Lion in the process in Cameron Wake. The kid was all over the place for the Dolphins last week. He notched five tackles, 1.5 sacks, and forced a fumble in the opponent's end zone.

Robbie Gould, K, Bears
Wake wasn't the only one from that 2004 team that had a day to remember in the NFL. Kicker Robbie Gould had five chances to put the ball through the uprights. And he converted all five. Three extra points, one 38 yard field goal, and one 40 yard field goal helped the Bears to a 27-20 victory over the Cowboys.

Larry Johnson, RB, Redskins
No good news here. Evan Royster may be approaching the all time rushing record, but to me there is little doubt who the best Nittany Lion running back of the past decade. And now he's searching to call a new NFL team home, after the Redskins cut him.

Derrick Williams, Jordan Norwood, Rich Ohrnberger, Sean Lee, A.Q. Shipley, Mickey Shuler, Andrew Quarless, Tim Shaw,


  1. Mickey Shuler was released by the Vikings yesterday... too bad, would have been nice to see him play

  2. Shuler got signed by the dolphins