Dennis Onkotz played linebacker for Penn State in the roaring 60s, and helped PSU earn the Linebacker U moniker. Dennis first started as a sophomore in 1967, and played through both the 1968 and 1969 undefeated seasons. His contributions in '68 and '69 earned Onkotz first-team All-America honors both seasons.
During his career, Dennis recorded 287 tackles, a number that stands third all time in school history. He added in 11 interceptions (eighth in school history), including three pick-sixes (tied for first in school history). He was also small enough - he played at 215 pounds - that he served as a punt returner, averaging 13.2 yards per return.
After the 1969 season, Onkotz was also named to the Academic All-America team, and graduated with a degree in biophysics. He finished his career 30-2-1 as a starter, and was drafted in third round of the 1970 NFL draft by the New York Jets. Unfortunately his pro career was cut short by an injury as a rookie, and Dennis was forced to retire. For his successes at Penn State, Dennis was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
Dennis Onkotz was a true Penn Stater, both on and off the field, and helped push Penn State permanently into the national discussion for decades after his departure. Thank you for your contributions to our great university, Dennis!
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