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Nittany Lions in the NFL - Week Two

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Sept. 16, 2008


With 26 Nittany Lions on National Football League rosters, Penn State is well represented in the professional ranks. Each week throughout the year, www.GoPSUsports.com, will provide updates on the exploits of these former Nittany Lion greats. Highlights from week two of the 2008 NFL season include Kerry Collins' successful debut as the Titans' starting quarterback, Paul Posluszny's continued strong play at linebacker for the Bills, and two standout performances from tackles Levi Brown and Kareem McKenzie.

Anthony Adams, DT, Chicago Bears
Carolina Panthers 20, Chicago Bears 17
Adams was listed as inactive for the game.

Jay Alford, DT, New York Giants
New York Giants 41, St. Louis Rams 13
Alford was part of the Giants' defensive line rotation, registering one tackle and one sack for a seven-yard loss.

Levi Brown, OT, Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals 31, Miami Dolphins 10
Brown started at right tackle for the second consecutive game, protecting quarterback Kurt Warner as he threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns.

Kerry Collins, QB, Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans 24, Cincinnati Bengals 7
Collins won his first outing as the newly anointed starting quarterback for the Titans, completing an efficient 14 of 21 passes for 128 yards with one touchdown, an 11-yard scoring strike to Justin Gage, and no interceptions.

Dan Connor, LB, Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers 20, Chicago Bears 17
Connor saw action on special teams, recording two tackles.

Bobby Engram, WR, Seattle Seahawks
San Francisco 49ers 33, Seattle Seahawks 30
After setting a Seattle record with 94 receptions and leading the team with 1,147 receiving yards in 2007, Engram cracked a bone in his right shoulder on the first play of the preseason and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. Recently, head coach Mike Holmgren stated that he did not expect Engram to return to the line-up until after Seattle's week four bye.

John Gilmore, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24, Atlanta Falcons 9
Gilmore tied for the team lead in receiving yards with 41 and caught his first touchdown pass as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from five yards out in the first quarter.

Robbie Gould, K, Chicago Bears
Carolina Panthers 20, Chicago Bears 17
Gould was perfect in the kicking game for the second consecutive week, going 2-for-2 on PAT attempts and 1-for-1 on field goal tries (26 yards). Also, two of his four kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.

Tamba Hali, DE, Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland Raiders 23, Kansas City Chiefs 8
Hali started at right defensive end for the second consecutive game, totaling four tackles (three solo), including one for loss.

Tony Hunt, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Cowboys 41, Philadelphia Eagles 37
Hunt contributed at the fullback position, lead blocking for Brian Westbrook's 58-yard, two-touchdown effort.

Bryant Johnson, WR, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers 33, Seattle Seahawks 30
Johnson totaled a team high six receptions for 78 yards, including his first touchdown in a 49er uniform, a three-yard connection with quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan late in the second quarter.

Larry Johnson, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland Raiders 23, Kansas City Chiefs 8
Johnson rushed for 22 yards on 12 carries.

Joe Jurevicius, WR, Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers 10, Cleveland Browns 6
Jurevicius is currently on the Browns' physically unable to perform list due to knee injury. The earliest he could return to action is week seven.

Jimmy Kennedy, DT, Jacksonville Jaguars
Buffalo Bills 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 16
Kennedy was designated inactive for the game.

Ethan Kilmer, CB, Cincinnati Bengals
Tennessee Titans 24, Cincinnati Bengals 7
Kilmer suffered a thigh injury during the 2008 preseason. He is currently listed on the Bengals' injured reserve.

Justin King, CB, St. Louis Rams
New York Giants 41, St. Louis Rams 13
King is listed on the injured reserve after tearing a ligament in his left big toe in the Rams' preseason opener.

Calvin Lowry, S, Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos 39, San Diego Chargers 38
Seeing his first action of the 2008 season, Lowry recorded one tackle in the Broncos thrilling, last-second win.

Sean McHugh, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers 10, Cleveland Browns 6
McHugh served as a back-up tight end, as the Steelers moved to 2-0 on the season.

Kareem McKenzie, OT, New York Giants
New York Giants 41, St. Louis Rams 13
McKenzie started at right tackle, helping the Giants roll up 200 yards on the ground while protecting Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning as he threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns.

Scott Paxson, DT, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers 10, Cleveland Browns 6
Paxson is a member of the Steelers' practice squad.

Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 16
Posluszny started at middle linebacker, registering six tackles (five solo) and one quarterback hit. He played a major role in limiting the vaunted Jacksonville running game to just 98 yards.

Tyler Reed, G, Chicago Bears
Carolina Panthers 20, Chicago Bears 17
Reed is a member of the Bears' practice squad.

Michael Robinson, RB, San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers 33, Seattle Seahawks 30 Robinson registered one tackle on special teams.

Bryan Scott, S, Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 16
Scott recorded one tackle on defense and two on special teams as the Bills improved to 2-0 on the season.

Tony Stewart, TE, Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders 23, Kansas City Chiefs 8
Stewart recorded one special teams tackle and contributed as a back-up tight end in the Raiders' first win of the season.

Kenny Watson, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Tennessee Titans 24, Cincinnati Bengals 7
Watson ran for 14 yards on 4 carries in a back-up role.

 

 

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