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Dennis Onkotz
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Dennis Onkotz

Position:
Linebacker



Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: 1995

All-American Selection: 1968, 1969

One of only 12 Penn State players to be named first-team All-America in consecutive years, Dennis Onkotz was a defensive mainstay of the 1968-69 undefeated teams. A native of Northampton, Pa., Onkotz amassed 287 tackles, which still ranks third on the Lions' career list. His 11 interceptions are tied for eighth in school history. His three interception returns for touchdowns are a career record (since tied by Darren Perry). A versatile athlete who also returned punts, Onkotz's 13.2-yard average on 47 punt returns is No. 8 among the Nittany Lions' best-ever in that department. Onkotz made the 1969 Academic All-America team and was selected to play in the 1970 Hula Bowl. Chosen by the New York Jets in the third round of the 1970 NFL draft, Onkotz was forced to retire from professional football because of a severely broken leg suffered in his rookie season. Now a financial planner with the Pennsylvania Financial Group, he lives in Boalsburg, Pa. Onkotz was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame on December 12, 1995.

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