New Nittany Lion Coach and Staff Sign 19 Student-Athletes to Letters of Intent
Sukay Invited to 87th East-West Shrine Game; Rohrbaugh and Szczerba Playing in NFLPA Game
Astorino, Barham and Green Participating in Casino Del Sol Game Monday in Tucson
Crawford, Lynn, Still and Troutman Set to Play in Jan. 28 All-Star Game
Nittany Lions will face Houston in the Ticket City Bowl on Jan. 2
AP photos from today's game.
Football vs. Nebraska (11/12/11)
Penn State vs. Nebraska
Football vs. Iowa (Oct. 8, 2011)
With the departure of co-captain and defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu, defensive end Jack Crawford will join DE Eric Latimore and DT Devon Still as seniors counted on to provide leadership and productivity for the defensive line. A starter in 20 games over the past two seasons, Crawford was slowed by a mid-season foot injury last year. He missed three games and underwent surgery in January, knocking him out of spring drills. He should be 100 percent prior to the start of preseason practice, where he will look to reclaim a starting berth. Crawford has demonstrated he has the skills and athleticism to rank among the Big Ten's premier defensive ends and playmakers at the position. Phil Steele's College Football Preview selected him 2011 preseason third-team All-Big Ten. Six years after leaving his native London, England, for the United States, Crawford has found a second home in Happy Valley. He moved to the U.S. in 2005, intending to pursue basketball as his primary sport. As a junior at St. Augustine (N.J.) Prep in 2006, he joined the football team and found immediate success as a defensive end and tight end. During his senior season, Crawford emerged as a standout, leading to his matriculation to Happy Valley. As a true freshman in 2008, barely two years after playing organized football for the first time, Crawford played in every game for the Lions. When his older brother, Douglas, came to see Jack play against Ohio State in 2009, he became the first member of the Crawford family to watch Jack play in person. He possesses outstanding physical attributes, quickness and determination and the ability to make big plays. Crawford has a great motor and has made significant progress on the practice field and in the weight room and is a probable All-Big Ten candidate. The personable Crawford has tremendous work-ethic and energy and will be counted on for significant contributions in his senior season. He is one of seven returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey.
Playing in 10 games, Crawford earned seven starts. He missed the Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan games with a foot injury. Crawford compiled 14 tackles, with 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks for the season. He made three tackles against Youngstown State, including a minus-yardage hit for three yards, and had two stops at No. 1 Alabama. He made three hits in the 24-0 win over Kent State, including 1.5 TFL, with a sack for minus-seven yards. After missing three consecutive games at mid-season with a foot injury, he returned in the historic comeback win over Northwestern, making one tackle. He recorded a sack at Ohio State and returned to the starting lineup in the win over Indiana. Crawford made two stops, with 0.5 TFL for minus-three yards against Michigan State. He played on 395 snaps, topped by 70 against Florida in the 2011 Outback Bowl.
2009 Sophomore Season
2008 Freshman Season