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Penn State Football All Time Team – Part 7

In Penn State All Time Team, Penn State Football on January 16, 2012 at 5:33 am

PART 7 – THE SUMMARY

All of the positions have been covered in posts 1-6. Below is a summary of those posts in what I consider to be the All Time Joe Paterno Penn State football team. We’ve also added the players that we overlooked that deserve mention with their individual positions. We have put together a list of the GREATEST MOMENTS in PSU Football history. They are sure to bring back some memories young and old. Lastly, we have included a list of outstanding accomplishments by PSU opponents over the years. These are sure to bring back memories if you were at the game or saw it on TV.

We hope that you have enjoyed the series as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together. It’s been a lot of fun and we’ve enjoyed the feedback from our followers. We received a return Tweet from AQ Shipley who checked in and a Retweet of the posts by Jordan Norwood. Thanks to all.

OFFENSE

1ST TEAM                                                                             2nd TEAM

OL – Jeff Hartings                                                         OL – Levi Brown

OL – Steve Wisniewski                                                 OL – Tom Rafferty

OL – Sean Farrell                                                           OL – Marco Rivera

OL – Keith Dorney                                                         OL – Kareem McKenzie

OL – Mike Munchak                                                       OL – AQ Shipley

TE – Ted Kwalick                                                            TE – Kyle Brady

WR – Bobby Engram                                                     WR – Jordan Norwood

WR – Deon Butler                                                            WR – Kenny Jackson

WR – OJ McDuffie

QB – Kerry Collins                                                           QB – Chuck Fusina

RB – Curt Warner                                                            RB – Lydell Mitchell

RB – Ki-Jana Carter                                                        RB – Curtis Enis

RB – John Cappelletti

Honorable Mention:

Irv Pankey, Charlie Getty, Dave Szott, Andre Johnson, Brad Benson, Chris Conlin, Stephon Wisniewski , John Nessell, Dave Joyner,  Bill Dugan, Todd Moules, Rich Ohrnberger, Jack Baiorunos, Rich Buzin, Keith Conlin, bucky Greeley, Troy Drayton, Mike McCloskey, Andrew Quarles, Mickey Schuler Sr., Dan Natale, Tony Stewart, Gregg Garrity, Joe Jurevicious, Scott Fitzkee, Bryant Johnson, Derrick Williams, Freddie Scott, Jack Curry, Ethan Kilmer, Todd Blackledge, Daryll Clark, Zack Mills, Tony Sacca, John Shaffer, Chuck Burkhart, John Hufnagel, Michael Robinson, Larry Johnson, DJ Dozier, Blair Thomas, Evan Royster, Tony Hunt, Matt Suhey, Eric McCoo, Franco Harris, Charlie Pittman

DEFENSE

1St Team                                                                                 2ND TEAM

DL – Courtney Brown                                                  DL – Matt Millen

DL – Bruce Clark                                                           DL – Larry Kubin

DL – Mike Reid                                                               DL – Steve Smear

DL – Devon Still                                                             DL – Randy Crowder

LB – Dennis Onkotz                                                       LB – Dan Connor

LB – Greg Buttle                                                             LB – Paul Posluszny

LB – Shane Conlan                                                        LB – Jack Ham

LB – LaVar Arrington                                                  LB – Andre Collins

DB – Neil Smith                                                              DB – Ray Isom

DB – Pete Harris                                                            DB – Bryan Scott

DB – Mark Robinson                                                     DB – Mike Zordich

DB – Darren Perry                                                        DB – Kim Herring

Honorable Mention:

Mike Hartenstein, Walker Lee Ashley, Tamba Hali, Tim Johnson, Randy Sidler, Lou Benfatti, Anthony Adams, Jimmy Kennedy, Aaron Maybin, Bob White,  Brad Scioli, Jared Odrick, Justin Kurpeikis, Michael Haynes, Jay Alford, Sean Lee, John Skorupan, Brandon Short, Jim Kates, Pete Giftopoulos, Brian Gelzheiser, Trey Bauer, Jim Nelson, Mark D‘Onofrio, Gary Gray, Ed O’Neil, Kurt Allerman, Lance Mehl, Chet Parlavecchio, Scott Radecic, Gerald Filardi, Navarro Bowman, Josh Hull, Charlie Zapiac, Don Graham, Mac Morrison, Jim Rosecrans, Trey Bauer, Brian Chizmar, John Ebersole, Phil Yaboah-Kodie, Jim Laslavic, Doug Allen, Ron Crosby, Rich Milot, Keith Goganious, Rich McKenzie, Reggie Givins, Josh Hull, Tim Shaw, Harry Hamilton, Tony Pittman, Shawn Mayer, Alan Zemaitis, Paul Lankford, Leonard Humphries, Shelly Hammonds, David Macklin, James Boyd, Bhawoh Jue, Calvin Lowry, Justin King, Anthony Scirrotto

Kickers

1ST TEAM                                                                              2ND TEAM

Kevin Kelly                                                                          Travis Forney

Punters

1ST TEAM                                                                              2ND TEAM

Jeremy Kapinos                                                                 Jeremy Boone

Honorable Mention:

Chris Bahr, Matt Bahr, Craig Fayak, Robbie Gould, Massimo Manca, Brett Conway, Nick Gancitano, Herb Menhardt, Brian Franco, Colin Wagner, Ray Tarasi, Ryan Primanti, Ralph Giacomarro, Pat Pidgeon, John Bruno, Doug Helkowski, David Royer, Darrell Kania, Bob Parsons, Brian Masella, George Reynolds

 Honorable Mention Players We Missed:

Bruce Bannen, Tyoka Jackson, Rogers Alexander, Brandon Noble, Todd Atkins, Terry Killins, Bucky Greeley, Lee Rubin, Al Golden, Keith Karpinski, Ken Kelley, Sean McHugh, Jon Whitman, Sam Gash, Steve Smith, Richie Anderson, Tim Manoa, Leo Wisniewski, Derrick (Cameron) Wake, Duffy Cobbs, Brian Chizmar, Mark Markovich, Bill Lenkaitis, Brian Milne, Phil Ostrowski, Floyd Wedderburn, John Gilmore, Vyto Kab

 GREATEST MOMENTS

  • Adam Taliaferro’s return to Beaver Stadium, 9/1/2001
  • “Intercepted Giftopolous” – PSU beats Miami and Vinny Testaverde in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl to win the National Championship
  • “Garrity…..Touchdown” – PSU beats Georgia and Herschel Walker in the 1983 Sugar Bowl to win the National Championship
  • PSU beats Kansas to win the 1969 Orange Bowl 15-14 and finished their 1st undefeated season.
  • PSU beat #1 ranked Notre Dame in 1990 in South Bend on Craig Fayak’s FG in the last minute,24-21
  • 1969 PSU beats Syracuse on the road 15-14 scoring all 14 points in the 4th quarter on the way to the 2nd undefeated season in a row.    
  • Joe Paterno wins #324 at Beaver Stadium vs Ohio State
  • John Cappelletti wins the 1973 Heisman Trophy
  • 2002 Larry Johnson runs for 279 yards versus Michigan State to reach 2000 in a season
  • 1991 PSU amasses 706 yards of total offense versus Cincinnati, 484 rushing.
  • 2000 NFL Draft when Courtney Brown and LaVar Arrington were drafted #1 & #2
  • From 1969, 70 and 71 PSU held Pitt to a total of 13 first downs
  • 1978 PSU held Maryland to -32 yards rushing
  • PSU beats Florida State in the 2006 Orange Bowl in 3 overtimes on Kevin Kelly’s FG to finish 11-1. This was last meeting between Paterno and Bowden
  • 2011 – JoePa win #409,  PSU 10 Illinois 7 the final victory!!
  • 2001 – JoePa win #324, PSU 29 Ohio State 27
  • 1995 Rose Bowl to finish undefeated PSU 38 Oregon 20
  • 2010 – JoePa win #400, PSU 35 Northwestern 21
  • 1994 – PSU 35 Illinois 31, come from behind victory on the way to another undefeated season

 GREATEST OPPONENTS

  • Doug Flutie threw for 520 yards in ’82, 380 in ’83 and 447 in ’84 against PSU
  • Drew Brees threw for 361 yards in ’98 and 379 yards in ‘99
  • Jeff Smoker threw for 356 yards in ’01 and 357 yards in ‘03
  • Ted Brown, NC State, rushed for 251 yards in ‘77
  • Michigan State RB’s Sedrick Irvin, 238 yards, and Marc Renaud, 203 yards were the only teammates to rush for more than 200 yards in a game.
  • Pitt’s Tony Dorsett rushed for 224 yards in ‘76
  • Thomas Lewis of Indiana had 285 yards receiving in ‘93
  • Alan Pinckett of Notre Dame scored 4 TD’s in a game twice in ’83 & ‘84
  • Adam Bailey, Minnesota ’97 and Joel Howells, Northwestern ’05, kicked 5 FG’s in a game
  • Gary Homer, Ohio U, kicked a 57 yard FG in ‘73
  • Tim Schade, Minnesota ’93, accounted for 536 yards of total offense
  • Skip Orzulak, Pitt ’68, had 16 receptions
  •  John Paci to Thomas Lewis, Indiana, ’93, completed a 99 yard pass the longest ever against PSU

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Penn State Football All Time Team – Part 5

In Penn State All Time Team, Penn State Football on January 14, 2012 at 11:17 am

PART 5– Now that the Joe Paterno era of Penn State football has officially ended I wanted to have some fun and come up with my All Time Joe Paterno Penn State football team. There was actually a lot of thought that went in to this. I did a good bit of statistical research, used my long memory of Penn State football games and seasons gone bye and of course a lot of my opinion. I also tried to base my picks on their Penn State career and not their NFL career which leaves a few NFL Hall of Famers off the 1st Team. Please feel free to leave your comments. All positions can easily be disputed since there have been many great players to come through Happy Valley. I’ve even taken the liberty to add a few extra players because I couldn’t split the hair on who to pick. It was tough enough as it was. Part 1, I will pick the Offensive Line (5) and TE (1). Part 2, I will pick the WR (3) and QB (1). Part 3 I will pick the RB (3) and it was tough. Part 4 the DL (4), and DB’s (4) and Part 5 I will pick the LB’s (4), it was impossible and I may still change my mind at the last second, the kicker (1) and punter (1).  I’ve added a 2nd Team and an Honorable Mention list.

Although selecting the Running Backs was very difficult selecting the Linebackers was nearly impossible. I’m sure you will have comments and your own opinions. I’d take the 2nd Team and put it against the 1st Team and still have a great group.

Also, I have decided to have an additional article to cover the Kickers and Punters. That wasn’t as easy as I thought so I’m doing to separately. It also won’t take away from this list of Linebackers.

LET THE ARGUMENTS BEGIN!!!!

I have selected 4 LINEBACKERS on my 1st Team.

Dennis Onkotz: 2 Time 1st Team All American (’68 & ‘69), both teams were undefeated.  2nd Team All America (’67). Dennis was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Onkotz was the original All American of what would become ”Linebacker U” under Joe Paterno.  Dennis ranks #6 on the All Time Career Tackles list with 287. This was accomplished in 3 seasons since freshman were not eligible at that time. An outstanding athlete Dennis was also the teams punt returner, returning 47 punts for an average return of 13.2 yards and 2 TD’s. He had one return for 71 yards that was not a TD. Dennis was a 3rd round draft pick of the New York Jets but his career was cut short by an injury.

Greg Buttle – 1st Team All American (’75). Arguably the best LB in PSU history. Buttle was a tackling machine. He was the all time tackles leader for over 30 years before he was passed by Paul Posluszny in 2006. He only played 3 seasons due to freshman being ineligible at the time. He holds the PSU records for tackles in a season with 165 and solo tackles in a season with 86. Buttle had individual games throughout his career with 24, 23 and 19 tackles. In 2001 he was awarded the Silver Anniversary Butkus Award for the 1975 season. Greg was a 3rd round draft pick of the New York Jets. He played in the NFL from 1976-1984.

Shane Conlan – 2 Time 1st Team All American (’85 & ’86). The leader of the 1986 defense considered one of the greatest of all time not allowing any opponents to score more than 19 points. Shane was the MVP of the 1987 National Championship Fiesta Bowl win over Miami. Conlan ranks #8th on the All Time tackles list with 274. He also ranks #7 in career tackles for loss. Conlan was selected in the 1st round of the NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills. He was selected NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He played in 3 Pro Bowls. He played in the NFL from 1897-1995. 

LaVar Arrington – 2 Time 1st Team All American (’98 & ’99). In his junior season, his last season, he won the Bednarik, Butkus and Lambert Awards. Possibly the finest athlete to ever play on the defensive side of the ball at PSU. LaVar is not in the Top 10 in all time tackles in a career or in a season. He does rank #8 in career QB sacks and #8 in career tackles for loss. LaVar was the 2nd pick in the NFL draft by the Washington Redskins. He and Courtney Brown are the only teammates ever selected as the top 2 picks in the same draft. He played in 3 Pro Bowls. LaVar played in the NFL from 2000-2006.

2ND TEAM:

Dan Connor – 2 Time All American (’06 & ’07). The All time Career Leader in tackles with 419 passing his teammate Paul Posluszney. He ranks 2nd in tackles in a season to Buttle with 145. His 4 year tackles totals were 85, 76, 113 & 145. Connor won the 2007 Bednarik Award. He had 18 tackles in one game against Ohio State in 2007. Dan was a 3rd round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2008. He is still playing in the NFL.

Paul Posluszny – 2 Time All American (’05 & ’06).  He was only the 2nd 2 time winner of the Bednarik Award. He won the Butkus Award as well in 2005. Poz broke Greg Buttles 30 year record to become the all time career tackles leader in 2006 which was broken by teammate Dan Connor the next season. He’s the only Penn State linebacker to ever record 100 tackles in three consecutive seasons (2004-2006). His career consistency as a linebacker is second to none. His yearly tackles were 36, 104, 136 and 136. He recorded 22 tackles against Northwestern in 2005. Poz was a 2nd round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills. He is still playing in the NFL.

Jack Ham – 1st Team All American (’70). Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. He teamed with Dennis Onkotz to lay the foundation for the legacy that would go on to become “ Linebacker U”. Ham was a three year starter who ranks #14 on the all time career tackles list. He only played 3 years since freshman were not eligible at that time. He is tied with Andre Collins for both Blocked Punts in a season with 3 and Most Blocked Punts in a career with 4. Jack was selected in the 1st round of the NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played in 8 Pro Bowls and won 4 Super Bowls. He was selected to the NFL 75th Anniversary Team the 1990 All Decade Team and the Steelers All Time Team. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Andre Collins – 1st team All American (’89). Andre ranks #10 on the All Time Career Tackles List with 257. He is tied with Jack Ham for both Blocked Punts in a season with 3 and Most Blocked Punts in a career with 4. Collins career consisted of 2 seasons in which he played very little and 2 seasons that he was spectacular. He had 110 tackles as a junior and 130 tackles as a senior. He was a 2nd round draft pick of the Washington Redskins. He played in the NFL from 1990-1999.

 Honorable Mention:

Sean Lee, John Skorupan, Brandon Short, Jim Kates, Pete Giftopoulos, Brian Gelzheiser, Trey Bauer, Jim Nelson, Mark D‘Onofrio, Gary Gray, Ed O’Neil, Kurt Allerman, Lance Mehl, Chet Parlavecchio, Scott Radecic, Gerald Filardi, Navarro Bowman, Josh Hull, Charlie Zapiac, Don Graham, Mac Morrison, Jim Rosecrans, Trey Bauer, Brian Chizmar, John Ebersole, Phil Yaboah-Kodie, Jim Laslavic, Doug Allen, Ron Crosby, Rich Milot, Keith Goganious, Rich McKenzie, Reggie Givins, Josh Hull, Tim Shaw

There it is!!! How do you have a 1st Team that doesn’t include the top 2 tacklers of all time and an NFL Hall of Famer? I’m not sure either but that’s the way it worked out. The first two teams consist of 13 seasons of 1st Team All Americans and another 5 seasons on the Honorable Mention list. The Honorable Mention list is long due to so many great players that have been part of the “Linebacker U” legacy. What a tremendous group of players!!!

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