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Devon Still wore number 71 for the Nittany Lions
Devon Still wore number 71 for the Nittany Lions
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The baddest man on the planet checks in at number 71 in our countdown 'til kickoff.

All you really need to know about Devon Still is in the following story. Still tore the ACL in his left knee during his redshirt season in 2007. Though he recovered and looked poised to earn playing time on Larry Johnson's stacked defensive line as a redshirt freshman, he broke his ankle in August. Most players would have looked to rehab their ankles and hope they could convince the NCAA to grant a sixth year of eligibility. Not Devon Still. Instead, he came back on the field the very same season and saw 10 snaps against Michigan State in the final game of the 2008 Big Ten Championship season.

Still's sophomore and junior campaigns were strong, but it was the 2011 season where Still lived up to his potential. He was a bright spot in a difficult 2011, becoming a consensus first-team All-American and perhaps the most dominant and disruptive defensive player in the country. It was no surprise when Still was named the conference defensive player of the year. The following spring, he was drafted 53rd overall by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Good luck this year, Devon!


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