Only Dennis Onkotz Until Penn State Football

via www.nittanyanthology.com


Dennis Onkotz was a linebacker for Penn State, starting as a sophomore in the 1967 season and playing through the undefeated stretch of the 1968 and 1969 seasons. He was named a consensus All-American for both of those seasons, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

Small compared to linebackers nowadays, Onkotz was quick and athletic, according to Coach Joe Paterno. He had five career touchdowns from interception returns and fumble recoveries. He also had eleven career interceptions as a Nittany Lion, which puts eight behind teammate Neal Smith on the all-time Penn State interception leader board.

Onkotz was drafted by the Jets in the third round of the 1970 NFL draft, but he only played the one season due to a career-ending injury.


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