December 11, 2005 |
Penn State's Paul Posluszny won the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker last night. The award, given by the Orlando Downtown Athletic Club, is Posluszny's second national honor. He won the Bednarik Award as the nation's best defensive player on Thursday. Posluszny beat out Ohio State's A.J. Hawk and Alabama's DeMeco Ryans in becoming the second Penn State linebacker to win the Butkus Award in its 21-year history. Lavar Arrington won in 1999. This season, Posluszny has 111 tackles, including 11 for loss, and three sacks.
August 26, 2006 |
Penn State's Paul Posluszny, the 2005 winner, and teammate Dan Connor are among 65 preseason candidates for this season's Butkus Award, which honors the nation's top collegiate linebacker. Posluszny, a senior cocaptain recuperating from a knee injury, could become just the second repeat winner in the award's 22-year history. Oklahoma's Brian Bosworth won it in 1985 and 1986. A consensus all-American in 2005, the Aliquippa native led the Nittany Lions in tackles last season and enters 2006 just 88 shy of the school's all-time mark.
December 12, 1999 |
Penn State's LaVar Arrington has won the Butkus Award as college football's top linebacker. Arrington, a junior, beat out teammate Brandon Short, Kansas State's Mark Simoneau, and Tennessee's Raynoch Thompson for the award presented by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando (Fla.) on Friday night. "I wish I could split the award with them," Arrington said. "I don't think you could have a better list of finalists. " The award was the second in as many days for Arrington.
October 31, 2014 |
The news that reached Happy Valley earlier this week was a real head-shaker, perhaps even worse than the officiating crew's blowing two vital calls in Penn State's loss to Ohio State a couple of nights before. Fifth-year senior Mike Hull, the 6-foot, 235-pound heart and soul of the Nittany Lions defense and arguably the Big Ten's best at his position, was left off the list of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award given to the nation's No. 1 linebacker. How could that be? Maybe his 19-tackle performance against the Buckeyes came after the selection committee had chosen the semifinalists.
November 14, 1986 |
Penn State linebacker Shane Conlan was among the five finalists announced yesterday for the second-annual Butkus Award. Joining Conlan are last year's winner, Brian Bosworth of Oklahoma, Cornelius Bennett of Alabama, Byron Evans of Arizona and Chris Spielman of Ohio State. Bennett, Conlan and Evans are seniors, while Bosworth and Spielman are juniors. The winner of the award, named for former Chicago Bears great Dick Butkus and given to the nation's top linebacker, will be announced Dec. 11 by the Orlando (Fla.
December 12, 2005 |
Paul Posluszny is piling up postseason honors nearly as rapidly as he racked up tackles in helping Penn State to a surprising 10-1 record in 2005. On Saturday night, the junior from Aliquippa won the Butkus Award as the nation's outstanding linebacker and told school officials he expected to come back for his senior year. Last week, Posluszny, who has been named a first-team all-American by two organizations, won the Bednarik Award, which goes to the top defensive player. "They're both huge honors, but I'd have to say, as a linebacker, that this one means a lot more to me," Posluszny said.
December 27, 2007 |
A look at the honor roll of superlative linebackers who have played for Joe Paterno, including the years they received All-America recognition: Player All-Amer. Fast fact Dennis Onkotz 1968-69 287 career tackles; inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 1995 Jack Ham 1970 251 career tackles, and also blocked three punts in 1968; put in College Hall in 1990 Charlie Zapiec 1971 17 tackles vs. Iowa in '71 John Skorupan 1972 Among career tackles leaders with 274 Ed O'Neil 1973 126 tackles in 1972 Greg Buttle 1975 343 career tackles led the all-time list for three decades Shane Conlan 1985-86 274 career tackles Andre Collins 1989 PSU tackles leader in 1998 and '99 LaVar Arrington 1998-99 Butkus Award winner, 1999 Brandon Short 1999 4-year starter and Butkus Award finalist in 1999 Paul Posluszny 2005-06 Two-time Bednarik Award winner and Butkus Award winner Dan Connor 2007 No. 1 on school's career tackles list
October 20, 2006 |
Penn State got relief from a potentially big headache yesterday when two quarterbacks with achy heads were given approval to play against Illinois tomorrow. School officials said that Anthony Morelli and Daryll Clark, both of whom suffered mild concussions in last week's loss to Michigan, had been cleared by the medical staff. The quarterbacks had been under observation since leaving Saturday's loss in the second half. They have undergone cognitive tests, and since Tuesday have been taking part in noncontact drills.
October 8, 1986 |
University of Maryland athletic director Dick Dull, facing mounting criticism because of academic problems in the athletic department that were disclosed after Len Bias' death, resigned his post yesterday. Dull, 41, who became athletic director in 1981, said at a news conference that he would step down Nov. 1 and would serve, for one year, as an adviser to university Chancellor John Slaughter "on a variety of athletic and policy program issues. " Slaughter appointed Charles Sturtz, the school's vice chancellor for administrative affairs, to assume Dull's post while school officials perform a nationwide search for an athletic director.