UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The first week of the NFL Preseason is now in the books. Penn State is again well represented in the National Football League with 39 former players spread over 22 different teams.
The list has seven rookies from the 2009 version of Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions. The list (in draft order) includes: Jared Odrick (Miami Dolphins), Sean Lee (Dallas Cowboys), NaVorro Bowman (San Francisco 49ers), Andrew Quarless (Green Bay Packers), Mickey Shuler (Minnesota Vikings), Josh Hull (St. Louis Rams) and free agent signee Dennis Landolt (New York Giants).
Five rookies saw time over the weekend in their NFL debut. Lee did not play in the Cowboys' first two preseason games while recovering from a strained quad. However, Lee is in line to be a significant contributor this season. Bowman was also rested with a minor shoulder injury. With significant injuries to the 49ers' linebacking corps, Bowman will be in the mix to see significant playing time this season.
As for the five who saw action over the weekend, Odrick headlined the group with a start at right end for the Dolphins in his initial game in the NFL. Odrick recovered a fumble in a 10-7 Dolphins victory over the Buccaneers. Quarless tallied two receptions for 13 yards in his debut for the Green Bay Packers.
Fellow tight end, Shuler notched his first career NFL touchdown for the Vikings in a 28-7 victory over the Rams. On the opposite side of the ball, Hull made seven tackles, including one tackle for a loss for the Rams. Landolt also made his debut for the Giants on Monday Night Football against the Jets.
As for the rest of the list, we have provided it for you below. Keep an eye on your favorite NFL club this summer to see if any Penn State alums are on the roster. Penn State has ties to 22 of the 32 NFL teams. Also note that this is just a training camp roster. The official rosters will not be released until just prior to the 2010 NFL season.
Nittany Lions in the NFL (Position in parenthesis) - 39 Total - As of August 17
Arizona Cardinals - Levi Brown (T)
Buffalo Bills - Aaron Maybin (DE), Paul Posluszny (LB), Lydell Sargeant (DB), Bryan Scott (DB)
Carolina Panthers - Dan Connor (LB), Ed Johnson (DT)
Chicago Bears - Anthony Adams (NT), Maurice Evans (DE), Robbie Gould (K), Tim Shaw (LB)
Cleveland Browns - Bobby Engram (WR)
Dallas Cowboys - Sean Lee (LB)
Detroit Lions - Bryant Johnson (WR), Derrick Williams (WR)
Green Bay Packers - Andrew Quarless (TE)
Kansas City Chiefs - Tamba Hali (DE)
Miami Dolphins - Jared Odrick (DT), Cameron Wake (LB)
Minnesota Vikings - Jimmy Kennedy (NT), Mickey Shuler (TE)
New England Patriots - Rich Ohrnberger (G)
New York Giants - Jay Alford (DT), Dennis Landolt (G), Kareem McKenzie (T)
Oakland Raiders - Tony Stewart (TE)
Philadelphia Eagles - Jordan Norwood (WR), Anthony Scirrotto (S), A.Q. Shipley (C)
Pittsburgh Steelers - Sean McHugh (TE), Scott Paxson (DT)
San Francisco 49ers - Navorro Bowman (LB), Michael Robinson (RB)
Seattle Seahawks - Deon Butler (WR)
St. Louis Rams - Josh Hull (LB), Justin King (DB)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - John Gilmore (TE)
Tennessee Titans - Kerry Collins (QB)
Washington Redskins - Larry Johnson (RB)