October 13, 2010

Always for the Glory: NFL Update

At last, Penn State has finally reached a bye week. Players now have more timed to get reamed out by coaches, and coaches now have more time to get reamed out by fans. It also gives me more time to focus on the Penn Staters that really matter. The ones that get paid to play.

After five weeks of NFL action, we have seen some great performances by the Nittany Lions of old. Tamba Hali has been an absolute force for the Kanssas City Chiefs and Cameron Wake has helped bring back memories of the not so happy days in the valley.

Injuries and trades open up potential huge openings for Andrew Quarless and Deon Butler to emerge onto the scene.

But we'll start off with a touchdown in the red zone, finally. I didn't think a PSU offensive lineman even knew where to stand inside the 20. Just goes to show you how much this team has missed Levi Brown over the past few years. Brown scored his first ever touchdown. Yes, EVER, on a fumble recovery. He now ties Penn State for the amount of red zone touchdowns this season (kidding....barely).

Speaking of pros that Joe Pa could really use with another year of eligibility, Tamba Hali has exploded out of the gate for the Chiefs this season. He is currently 3rd in the AFC with five sacks, including a three sack performance against the 49ers. He gets Matt Schaub and the Texans this week.

And lord knows Penn State's been screwed with injuries this year. Good to see Andrew Quarless get his chance in the league thanks to an injury himself. Jermichael Finley could miss the entire season with knee surgery, which means we finally get to see how much of that potential Quarless really has.

Deon Butler also may have just caught his big break. When the Patriots traded Randy Moss to the Vikings, they needed a wide receiver. And they got their guy in former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch from the Seahawks. So now Butler is suddenly the primary target for Matt Hasselbeck. He has eight catches for 83 yards on the season.

The recent graduates of Linebacker-U are finally all on the field together. Paul Posluszny made his return and notched a game high 13 tackles, Dan Connor compiled eleven stops at middle linebacker for the Panthers, Navorro Bowman totaled three tackles for the 49ers between defense and special teams, and Sean Lee added two tackles as well in his NFL debut for Dallas.

Slackers: Derrick Williams, Aaron Maybin, Justin King


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