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RuthlessBurgher
10-17-2011, 01:51 PM
Whenever anyone suggests a PSU LB when talking about the draft, those opinions are typically dispelled as blind homerism from Nittany Lion fans who don't know real football like they play in the SEC (for instance). However, look at some of the recent LB draftees from Happy Valley, and how they are doing this year.

Paul Posluszny: At the game yesterday, his name was mentioned over the Heinz Field P.A. an absurd number of times. I think I heard that "Smith" was in on one tackle, and that "Alualu" was in on another tackle, but that's about it...seems like every other tackle was made by Posluszny. I was surprised that the official scorekeepers "only" credited him with 16 tackles in that game (9 solo), because it felt like at least 2 dozen or more.

Sean Lee: Another interception yesterday against Brady. That's 3 picks in 5 games this season (plus another 5 passes defensed). You'd think with those numbers, that would mean that he's playing a ton in coverage and therefore would not have high tackle numbers, but he's averaging just shy of double digit tackles per game (47 tackles in 5 games).

NaVorro Bowman: Patrick Willis is widely acknowledged as the best ILB in football right now. Willis lost his veteran running mate Takeo Spikes in the offseason, and that spot was taken by the young Bowman. What has NaVorro done with this opportunity? He actually has 9 more tackles than the All Pro human tackling machine Willis so far this season (56 vs. 47).

What did we learn here? PSU LB's can play in the NFL. PSU RB's on the other hand? Well...

PSU_dropout43
10-17-2011, 01:59 PM
Penn State linebacker Sean Lee, who went to Upper St. Clair High School, appeared to be the player the Steelers were targeting in the second round after selecting Florida center Maurkice Pouncey with the 18th overall pick. They had a first-round grade on Lee and thought he fit the way they played better than any linebacker in the draft.

But, the Steelers did not think Lee would be available when it came their turn.

When he was, it seemed like an obvious choice. But coach Mike Tomlin really liked Worilds, an undersized defensive end in college who fit nicely as a disruptive outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense...


Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10120/10 ... z0mbCgDZIM (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10120/1054423-66.stm#ixzz0mbCgDZIM)

steelblood
10-17-2011, 02:22 PM
Penn State linebacker Sean Lee, who went to Upper St. Clair High School, appeared to be the player the Steelers were targeting in the second round after selecting Florida center Maurkice Pouncey with the 18th overall pick. They had a first-round grade on Lee and thought he fit the way they played better than any linebacker in the draft.

But, the Steelers did not think Lee would be available when it came their turn.

When he was, it seemed like an obvious choice. But coach Mike Tomlin really liked Worilds, an undersized defensive end in college who fit nicely as a disruptive outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense...


Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10120/10 ... z0mbCgDZIM (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10120/1054423-66.stm#ixzz0mbCgDZIM)

This is why you always stick to your draft board and don't reach. Sean Lee and Larry Timmons would be awesome together (esp vs the pass).

grotonsteel
10-17-2011, 02:39 PM
Penn State linebacker Sean Lee, who went to Upper St. Clair High School, appeared to be the player the Steelers were targeting in the second round after selecting Florida center Maurkice Pouncey with the 18th overall pick. They had a first-round grade on Lee and thought he fit the way they played better than any linebacker in the draft.

But, the Steelers did not think Lee would be available when it came their turn.

When he was, it seemed like an obvious choice. But coach Mike Tomlin really liked Worilds, an undersized defensive end in college who fit nicely as a disruptive outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense...


Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10120/10 ... z0mbCgDZIM (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10120/1054423-66.stm#ixzz0mbCgDZIM)

This is why you always stick to your draft board and don't reach. Sean Lee and Larry Timmons would be awesome together (esp vs the pass).

Did Worilds played yesterday?? I wished Steelers had taken Sean Lee.

RuthlessBurgher
10-17-2011, 03:09 PM
Penn State linebacker Sean Lee, who went to Upper St. Clair High School, appeared to be the player the Steelers were targeting in the second round after selecting Florida center Maurkice Pouncey with the 18th overall pick. They had a first-round grade on Lee and thought he fit the way they played better than any linebacker in the draft.

But, the Steelers did not think Lee would be available when it came their turn.

When he was, it seemed like an obvious choice. But coach Mike Tomlin really liked Worilds, an undersized defensive end in college who fit nicely as a disruptive outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense...


Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10120/10 ... z0mbCgDZIM (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10120/1054423-66.stm#ixzz0mbCgDZIM)

This is why you always stick to your draft board and don't reach. Sean Lee and Larry Timmons would be awesome together (esp vs the pass).

Did Worilds played yesterday?? I wished Steelers had taken Sean Lee.

Worilds has been injured for the last 2 weeks. That is why they had to move Timmons over from ILB (rookie Chris Carter isn't ready to start at OLB, although he has been getting some rotational work in certain situations over the last 2 games in the absence of Harrison and Worilds). As soon as Worilds is okay to come back (I hope it's this week), he should start in Harrison's OLB spot, and we can move Timmons back to ILB.

Eddie Spaghetti
10-17-2011, 05:09 PM
good info ruthless.

was not a fan of the worilds pick as soon as it happened. i know our depth was suspect at OLB, but seemed like a reach. looking back Lee would have been a great pick.

as would Mt Cody, who i wanted the steelers to select.

Shoe
10-17-2011, 07:39 PM
I was impressed with Posluzny's tackling ability yesterday--good, strong tackler.

Oviedo
10-18-2011, 09:04 AM
I was impressed with Posluzny's tackling ability yesterday--good, strong tackler.

I also saw alot of "Ray Lewis tackles" where he piled on after someone already tackled the player. He seemed to be chasing more than attcking on most plays.

hawaiiansteel
10-18-2011, 09:43 PM
Monday, October 17, 2011
By Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Posluszny shines

Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny had a big game in his team's loss Sunday. The Hopewell High School product had 16 tackles from his middle linebacker spot.

"It's always fun to come back here and play," Posluszny said. "I love being in Western Pennsylvania. I love being in front of my family and friends that I grew up with. It's fun to come back here. Unfortunately, I don't have very much luck here playing as a pro at Heinz Field."

Posluszny, drafted out of Penn State by Buffalo in the second round in 2007, played as a rookie that season in the Bills 26-3 loss to the Steelers at Heinz. Sunday's loss makes him 0-2 here.

It is his first year with the Jaguars, who signed him to a 6-year, $45 million deal in the offseason. While he enjoyed his four seasons in Buffalo, he said this is the right fit for him now.

"They [Buffalo] are doing great," he said. "The thing about it was that they always had talent up there. It was difficult to leave. Jacksonville, I could just tell they wanted me a lot more. I wanted to be a part of this team and this organization."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11290/11 ... z1bBEx1JJx (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11290/1182754-66-0.stm?cmpid=steelers.xml#ixzz1bBEx1JJx)