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Jan. 22, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; January 22, 2010 - Penn State All-American Jared Odrick (Lebanon, Pa.) has accepted an invitation to play in the 61st Annual Under Armour Senior Bowl on Saturday, January 30.
A defensive tackle, Odrick is playing for the North squad, which will be coached by Jim Schwartz and the staff of the Detroit Lions. Kickoff is at 4:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. CT at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Penn State's Jeremy Boone (Mechanicsburg), Daryll Clark (Youngstown, Ohio) and Andrew Quarless (Uniondale, N.Y.) are scheduled to play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, January 23. The game will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET and be televised by ESPN2.
Other Penn State seniors are likely to play in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game, to be announced later this month.
Odrick will be the 15th Nittany Lion to play in the Senior Bowl in the past seven years. Wide receiver Derrick Williams gained a game-high 124 all-purpose yards in the 2009 game. Two years ago, All-America linebacker Dan Connor made a game-high nine tackles and grabbed an interception to claim Under Armour Award as the North MVP. Penn State standouts Levi Brown, Tony Hunt and Paul Posluszny played in the 2007 game, with Hunt earning MVP honors. Former Nittany Lion All-American Larry Johnson was MVP of the 2003 Senior Bowl.
Odrick earned first team All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), becoming the 80th Penn Stater to be named a first-team All-American a total of 94 times and the 77th player so honored under Joe Paterno. Odrick also received All-American honors from the Associated Press, Sporting News, CBSsports.com and Rivals.com. He is the sixth Penn State defensive lineman to earn first-team All-America accolades since 1999. The Big Ten coaches selected Odrick the 2009 Defensive Player-of-the-Year and Defensive Lineman-of-the-Year. He became the first interior defensive lineman selected for the Big Ten's top defensive honor since Ohio State's Dan Wilkinson in 1993. Odrick garnered first-team all-conference honors for the second consecutive year.
The former U.S. Army All-American at Lebanon High School was ranked No. 7 in the Big Ten with 7.0 sacks. He was fifth on the team with 43 tackles and had 11.0 tackles for loss (minus-72), a big blocked field goal and a pass breakup. Odrick also played a significant role in helping Penn State rank in the Top 10 nationally in five of the six primary defensive statistical categories. Penn State has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in the last 16 games, the nation's third-longest streak.
The NFL Network (Ch. 180 and 275 on Comcast in Centre Region) will televise the Senior Bowl practices and game. The North squad's practices will air Monday at 3:30 p.m. ET and Tuesday-Thursday at 12:00 p.m. ET. The Senior Bowl Recap Show will air on the NFL Network Monday-Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Paterno has seen more than 350 of his former players sign NFL contracts, with 239 players being drafted, including 32 first round choices. All-America defensive end Aaron Maybin was the No. 11 overall selection, by the Buffalo Bills, in the 2009 NFL Draft. All-America tackle Levi Brown was the No. 5 overall pick, by the Arizona Cardinals, in the 2007 NFL Draft.