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PSUers in the NFL, Super Bowl: Hogan and His Heroes and the End of Year Review

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It’s the final installment of PSUers in the NFL for the 2016 season. How did the lone Nittany Lion grad perform?

Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Patriots-Falcons:

Chris Hogan: Four catches on seven targets for 57 yards

  • Hogan made his first catch on the Patriots’ second drive, good for 15 yards.
  • He collected his second reception, good for eight yards, on the Patriots’ last drive of the half.
  • Tom Brady overthrew Hogan on the next play.
  • Hogan dropped his fourth target on the Patriots’ first drive of the second half.
  • Brady and Hogan failed to connect on a deep shot with under four minutes left in the game.
  • Hogan made his third catch on the next play, good for 16 yards.
  • The former lacrosse star made his final reception, an 18-yarder, during the Patriots’ game-winning drive in overtime.

What a game, ladies and gents.

End of the season PSUers in the NFL review:

Top QB (by default): Matt McGloin (8/15 for 50 yards)

Moxie was the only Penn State alum to see action under center.

Top RB: N/A

Top WRs: 1. Allen Robinson (73 catches for 883 yards and six touchdowns)

Although A-Rob suffered though a tough season and received less targets most games due to the emergence of Marquise Lee, he still posted solid numbers for the Jaguars.

2. Chris Hogan (38 catches for 680 yards and four touchdowns in regular season, 16 for 275 and two touchdowns in post-season)

Hogan was arguably the Penn State alum surprise of the season, posting several huge games, including the AFC Championship against the Steelers. He was one of Tom Brady’s most consistent targets for the entire season.

Top TE: Jesse James (39 catches for 338 yards and three touchdowns)

James became much more valuable this season and was the Steelers’ primary tight end for the duration of the year (although Ladarius Green came on late).

Top DL: Cameron Wake (11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles)

Despite being the most senior Nittany Lion graduate, Wake showed that he is still a player for quarterbacks to fear in the backfield. In the middle of the season, the former punt-rusher extraordinaire had a six-game stretch of at least a half-sack. (Skip to 6:07 in the video.)

Top LBs: 1. Sean Lee (145 tackles, one fumble recovery)

2. Paul Posluszny (132 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one interception)

What else can you say about these two? Year after year, no matter who is around them, the Linebacker U. products continue to show that they’re near the top of the league at the position.

Top DB: Adrian Amos (65 tackles, one fumble forced, one fumble recovered)

Amos was one of the Bears’ most consistent defenders coming into the season, and despite not starting every game this season, he put up similar numbers to his 2015 rookie season.

Top K (also by default): Robbie Gould (10/10 field goals in regular season, 2/2 in post-season.)

Similar to McGloin, not much to say here. Robbie was a pretty important pick-up for the Giants after the Josh Brown human pile of garbage debacle.

Thanks to everyone for following this series all year. PSUers in the NFL will see you in August 2017!