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For me it is Kerry Collins. The 1994 team was my first real taste of sports and what a team to pick. The guy could do no wrong in my eyes and lead the best PSU offense ever. It was impossible to not love the QB the leader of the offense. I used to get mad if someone on PSU took the #12. That was Kerry's number. The Illinois drive and the Rose Bowl really define that season.
So how about you guys? Your favorite and why.
PENN STATE FOREVER
I'll go with a player from my lifetime rather than digging through the archives from before I was born.
Paul Posluszny - I was a freshman in 2005 and it was a great season for many reasons. PSU football was put back on the map and he was one of the lynchpins of our defense that year that helped PSU "back". I loved his attitude and ability to make plays. He was a true blue collar LB for PSU and fits the mold to perfection.
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"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
Sean Lee and Hack.
MRob. He played at PSU the same years I was a student. I remember him having flashes of being a great playmaker his freshman year when we played Nebraska and a few other games. Coaches basically stuck him in the shotgun and ran qb sprint basically every play. Defenses knew it was coming, but still couldn't stop him.
Really felt for him when we struggled in 03 and 04 bc they kept shuffling him around to different positions and had some bad injuries too..
2005 was the redemption year. No one thought he was good enough to be the starter at qb and many wanted Morelli to start as a true freshman. He struggled in the first few games but gained more and more confidence as the year went on..
He was a warrior, and the best captain the team has had since I became a fan my freshman year in 2002. I met him on a couple of occaisions and couldn't have been a nicer guy..
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LaVar, but Ki-Jana is close.
I really like Mrob, norwood, collins, and leave but I still think I have to go with Mills. Obviously, the last two years did not work out how he or anyone would have liked but the guy was an absolute tough SOB. His arm was basically falling off at times in 03/04 and had very little talent around him, but every week the kid was out there giving it his all.
I would have loved to have seen the younger Mills with the smurfs, it would have been fun to watch.
Has to be Derrick Williams for me. He might have never lived up to the hype that some people placed on him, but he was my favorite for his play on the field and for what he did for the program recruiting-wise. His was the first jersey I ever bought, and I still wear that #2 to this day with pride, even though it doesn't look like their on-field jerseys any more.
So many close seconds, including Poz and MRob. For me, I will always look upon the 2005 team with great pride and great memories. I was never more excited for each individual game in a season than I was for that year.
Shane conlan - beast
La'Var... Pittsburgh guy... But Silas is coming on strong...
WE ARE! And we will always be...
If I had a second it would be Sean farrel. I'm hoping with Fitz our OL's can be like him.
Sean Lee. Everything he ever did screamed LBU. From a "3*" to top LB on a top unit. Got hurt, became damn near a position coach. Hard worker, positive attitude, etc. The epitome of what you want in a player and a leader.
Yeah, I got a lot of love for Lee... He may be in consideration for me... Him LaVar and Silas, it's close...
^^^ This. ^^^
And I graduated in 96, so the 94 team, and all the great players on that team, is/are near and dear to my heart.
But with all the great players we've had, I don't know if any single player had such an impact on making the rest of the team better as did Mike Robinson. That is why he is my favorite.
My main reason for following Penn State football started with Ray Isom..small, undersized, heavy hitting safety on the 86 National Championship team. True hometown hero and I will never forget him laying the hammer on Michael Irvin causing him to cough up the rock. The Miami receivers had been talking trash about how small and slow our secondary was and we completely shut them out in that game! Kijana would be my favorite though..He was an absolute beast! Made things very easy for Kerry as he was a threat to go the distance with every carry.
Toss up, Lavar because aside from the fact he was incredible, he dated a girl form my HS and I got to meet him quite a few times and he was a great kid. KiJana or Curt Warner would be my other 2 choices, both were just amazing to watch.
Its tough, so just to change it up from previous responses, I'll say Aaron Harris. He could run like a TB, catch like a TE, and hit like a LB.
Honerable mention: Enis, Lavar, MRob, Poz.
MRob forever has my heart after bringing da ruckus on that Minnesota safety
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I'll never forget watching his announcement on ESPNews just before Christmas in 2004. I didn't think PSU had a chance and then he announces he will play for PSU. I was ecstatic. I remember running around the neighborhood like a little boy proclaiming PSU was going to be good again. Of course my friends laughed at me but it turned out to be true. After his announcement, I began to follow recruiting and joined the PSU message boards. DWill's jersey was the first jersey I ever bought as a student at PSU.
No Tim Johnson??
LOL +1 Asshole move, but funny
Nope. Ware was the single greatest practice player in the history of the program. That gives him my vote.
You are on a roll today lol +1
Hard to choose between MRob or Paul Posluszny. Both had a lot of heart and played like effing animals. The 2005 resurgence was truly magical to watch and those 2 were largely the reason for it.
"Joe Paterno's the greatest college football coach ever" -Urban Meyer cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2012/01/urban_meyer_calls_joe_paterno.html
OJ McDuffie. Just an all-around exciting player.
You guys are all way too young! Nobody has even mentioned any of the heroes from Joe's early teams. I'm going with Dennis Onkotz. Where else are you going to find a linebacker who returned interceptions and punts--yes, punts---with such flair? And where else are you going to find a guy who majored in something like nuclear engineering--who would take an exam on a Saturday morning and then show up at Beaver Stadium to hammer the opposition? I remember being a little kid in the bleachers behind the South end zone and holding my breath every time Onkotz touched the ball. He was legendary....and so was Mike Reid, Jim Kates, Steve Smear and the rest of that defense!
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