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#31 continued the Linebacker U tradition

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Paul Posluszny played a full 4 years at Penn State from 2003 to 2006, which saw a resplendent return to the Linebacker U days of yore.

As a freshman, Paul recorded 36 tackles, a pick-six, and a fumble recovery in a backup role. He was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, despite starting just one game.

As a sophomore in 2004, Posluszny led a defense that did not allow an opponent to score more than 21 points all season, logging 104 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and three sacks. He was named second-team All-Big Ten, as well as academic All-Big Ten honors.

As a junior, Paul was named a captain, the first junior captain since 1968, and notched 116 tackles, including 14 TFLs and four sacks. He won the Bednarik and Butkus awards for best defensive player and linebacker on the season, as well as being named All-American. In the 2006 Orange Bowl victory over Florida State, Posluszny partially tore two ligaments in his knee, but luckily did not require surgery.

After announcing that he would return for his senior season, Paul put in a swan song for the ages. A two-time captain, he recorded another 116 tackles, with 9.5 TFLs, three sacks, and two forced fumbles. He set the career record for tackles at 372 (only to concede the crown to Dan Connor shortly thereafter). He again earned the Butkus award, only the second person to ever earn the award twice. He was again named All-American, the first Penn State linebacker to become a two-time All-American. He was also named the 2006 Academic All-American of the Year, and was a finalist for the Draddy Trophy, given to the nation’s top student-athlete.

We’re just 31 days away from Penn State football!