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I have to agree Josh and one of the best ever at State College if not the best.
Poz personified what PSU football is all about. Blue collar, no frills, blood & guts team player and is great recent example of what Linebacker U represents.
2 time Chuck Bedarnik Defensive Player of the Year, 2 time AP All-American, 2 time PSU Captain, Butkus Award Winner 2005, career leader in tackles when he graduated, etc.
On a personal basis, LaVar. KC is one of my favorites, but I've only got to meet him a few times. Still as a player alone, he was great. Still remember being at the Rose Bowl in 94 when I was still in high school, and seeing him take the first handoff we had on offense and go 78 yards to the house; this after a couple first downs, and a decent opening drive by the Ducks. He ran right into the left corner of the end zone where we were sitting. You could see the hole open up, and just saw a blur.
"A bowl game ain't nothing but a vacation." - Gerald Hodges
Brandon Ware....practice All American.
Its a tough call for me....The guys I loved watching and/or rooted for the most were:
BacardiBuckeye: "But in all honesty I like Penn State, I want to see Penn State do good that's why I check this board everyday." 4/2/14
Curtis Enis. I was 12 at the time and was a big kid for an RB. My Dad bought me an embroidered Enis jersey for Christmas and I still wear it on gameday. Dude was an absolute beast.
Shane Conlan. Defined LBU for me in HS.
Derrick Williams and Justin King. They committed when I really started following recruiting and just what they meant to the program.
From my time at PSU: LaVar - he was a stud. Any time he was on the field, you just had to key on him and he'd take you to the ball.
All time - MRob - he was an absolute warrior in '05 and brought us back from the dark ages through his sheer will. He almost had us in a title game. An all time great!
Sentimental fave - Keith Olsommer - Brady's backup on the '94 team and he went to my high school. Caught a TD pass against Michigan in the Big House too!
Cant do just one. Curt Warner, Kenny Jackson and MRob.
Tamba Hali. Know him. Great guy.
"PSU a 3 to 4 win team" - New-era, September 2012
Andre Collins. Met him in a ballet class our freshman year. Couldn't be nicer. I didn't know who he was when I first met him and while I wasn't surprised he was on the team, I wasn't completely sure. He was still a DB at the time and hadn't yet grown into a LB. Funny thing is I now have a friend who played in the NFL and whose career ended after a hit by Andre.
“We need to keep this (expletive) together,” Mauti and Zordich to Hill
1. Lavar. Amazing player. Great man. Got to rub elbows with him while he at PSU and while he was a Giant/Skin.
2. Poz. What heart.
3. MRob. What heart.
4. Tamba. What heart. 17-10 Oh what a night...
5. Kyle Brady. Great man.
6. Ethan Kilmer. Hard worker, Team player. Forgotten key to Orange Bowl win. Great kid.
Mike Reid would be my choice, maybe the most dominant player we ever had at any position. Just imagine, three safeties in one game.
They're all good choices though, one can make a case for so many.
"We want the warriors"
Trey Bauer! Named my oldest son after him! He was the heart and soul of the 86 team!
It is so hard to stop at one, so honorable mention to LaVar, Dan Connor, Poz, OJ McDuffie, Aaron Harris, Kijanna.
Winner is Blair Thomas. I watched him run all over the Irish for 200+ yards.
Not sure how many people remember the Alabama game where Benfatti either intercepted the ball or got the fumble. We were down with only a few minutes left and we just kept giving the rock to Blair. He was an absolute BEAST!!!!!! We got all the way down to the 1 and I would have ran it one more time with Blair for the win. They had not stopped him the whole drive 8+ yards a pop at least. Instead we attempt a FG and it was blocked. I think if he had scored via Blair's run, it would have put him as a Heisman front runner.
Dating myself here .... Chuck Fusina (Heisman runner-up). He was also my favorite USFL player. He led the Phila. Stars to a championship.
1. Curt Warner
2. Blair Thomas
4. Shane Conlan
Mark Robinson - hit like a truck and was from the DC area
Shane Conlan - as someone mentioned earlier - personified LBU for me as a teenager
yea totally Tim i got to go w/ mrob and poz 2005 was my senior year and they freaking made it a memorable one thats for sure. in addition to mrob running down the minny safety we cant forget poz jumping over the line and keeping maroney(not sure name but the minny rb) behind the LOS. sick just sick!!
Ugh. I was at that game. I still remember the kick in the stomach feeling from that block and the eerie silence except for the Alabama-red landing-strip stripe in the corner.
Blair was a monster in that game.
1. I gotta go with Curt Warner as my favorite. He made me fall in love with PSU as a kid. Watching the old highlight films, he ran with incredible power. Those blocky shoulder pads and fantastic pad level were tough to bring down. He ran like he was leaning into and looking for a hit, then elusive stutter step into the hole exploding into a full stride.
2. OJ McDuffie was another from back in my day. I remember watching his diminutive frame on the basketball court dunking on much bigger dudes. He also had the challenge of making John Sacca look good. Best hands and athleticism I've seen from a PSU wideout. He graciously granted an autograph after getting drafted by the Dolphins at the Lions Den when he was taking a recruit out to lunch. The kid was a bit impressed and he leaned over to OJ and asked "Does that happen a lot?" OJ smiled and nodded, he said something like "When you come to Penn State."
3. Kerry Collins - 1994 was my last season at PSU. In 1993, I had a brief interaction with Collins and most of the offensive line, also at the Den Ironically. Nice guy, a bit aloof at all the attention he was receiving from this incredibly hot chick who clearly wanted more than an autograph.
4. Poz - Best of the most recent classes. Nostalgia plays heavily on my picks but Poz was a tackling machine. Perfect technique and football IQ, great demeanor.
Bobby Engram. He was an awesome competitor and had a great college and pro career despite being small and not very fast. The Michigan State goalline play in '95 epitomizes his heart.
So, as you can imagine, Bobby being the WR coach at Pitt is very painful.
Honorable mentions: Ki-Jana, McDuffy, Herring.
Omar Easy.. awesome blocker, no speed, but punished people... I liked watching his hard nose style
1 Michael Robinson- no one was asked to do more than this kid
2 Blair Thomas- know the guy personally tailgate with him every game, great all around guy
3 Lavar Arrington- Just an absolute beast... I remember expecting him to block every FG
4 Poz- vintage PSU LB
5 Aaron Harris- very underrated, tough to tackle
Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.
Paul Posluszny. Why? Stud on the field. Stud in the classroom. An incredible leader. And always represented Penn State in a very good way. My favorite of all time.
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