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Nittany Lions in the NFL – Week Four

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Oct. 4, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - A total of 29 Penn State football alumni are populating the active rosters of 20 National Football League teams. The Nittany Lions annually are among the top 20 programs nationally in producing players in the NFL. Each week throughout the year, GoPSUsports.com has provided updates on the exploits of these former Nittany Lion greats.

A pair of recent alums set career marks in Week 4. Anthony Zettel recorded a career-high two sacks in a low-scoring win for the Lions over the Vikings, including a crucial third-and-goal sack late when the Vikings were threatening to tie the game from the 3-yard line. Zettel’s sack forced a long fourth-and-goal that was not converted, sealing the win for the Lions. Cornerback Trevor Williams matched a career high for tackles with seven for the Chargers. Additionally, Robbie Gould continued a successful season going 5-for-5 with field goals for the 49ers. He is second in the NFL with a perfect 11-for-11 conversion rate.

Adrian Amos (2011-14) FS, Chicago Bears
Packers 35, Bears 14
Amos started at safety for the Bears and played all but one defensive snaps. He had eight tackles, marking his first tackles of the season.

Brandon Bell (2013-16) LB, Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals 31, Browns 7
Bell is on the Bengals practice squad.


 

 

Navorro Bowman (2007-09) LB, San Francisco 49ers
Cardinals 18, 49ers 15
Bowman started for the 49ers and had eight tackles against the Cardinals.

Kyle Carter (2012-15) TE, Minnesota Vikings
Lions 14, Vikings 7
Carter is on the Vikings practice squad.

Jack Crawford (2008-11) DE, Atlanta Falcons
Bills 23, Falcons 17
Crawford saw action against the Bills and had two tackles.

Garry Gilliam (2010-12) T, San Francisco 49ers
Cardinals 18, 49ers 15
Gilliam saw action on offense and special teams against the Cardinals.

Chris Godwin (2014-16) WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers 25, Giants 23
Godwin saw action at receiver and on special teams against the Giants.

Robbie Gould (2001-04) K, San Francisco 49ers
Cardinals 18, 49ers 15
Gould converted all five of his field goal attempts (49, 39, 47, 48, 23) to account for all 15 of the 49ers points against the Cardinals.

Christian Hackenberg (2013-15) QB, New York Jets
Jets 23, Jaguars 20
Hackenberg was inactive this week.

Tamba Hali (2002-05) LB, Kansas City Chiefs 
Chiefs 29, Redskins 20
Hali is on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list.

Jordan Hill (2009-12) DT, Detroit Lions
Lions 14, Vikings 7
Hill is on injured reserve.

Chris Hogan (men's lacrosse - 2007-10) WR, New England Patriots
Panthers 33, Patriots 30
Hogan started for the Patriots and caught five passes for 60 yards and a touchdown, including a 26-yard catch, which was the second-longest play of the game for the Patriots.

Mike Hull (2011-14) LB, Miami Dolphins
Saints 20, Dolphins 0
Hull made his fourth career start for the Dolphins at middle linebacker and had three tackles against the Saints.

Jesse James (2012-14) TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Steelers 26, Ravens 9
James had three receptions for 40 yards against the Ravens including 18- and 15-yard receptions for first downs.

DaQuan Jones (2010-13) DE, Tennessee Titans 
Texans 57, Titans 14
Jones made his 37th consecutive regular season start at defensive end for the Titans and had a tackle.

Austin Johnson (2012-15) DT, Tennessee Titans 
Texans 57, Titans 14
Johnson had three tackles, including a tackle for a loss against the Texans.

Sean Lee (2005-07, 2009) MLB, Dallas Cowboys
Rams 35, Cowboys 30
Sean Lee was inactive against the Rams with a knee injury.

Jordan Lucas (2012-15) CB, Miami Dolphins
Saints 20, Dolphins 0
Lucas was on the Dolphins practice squad but was signed to the active roster Tuesday.

Carl Nassib (2011-15) DE, Cleveland Browns
Bengals 31, Browns 7
Nassib started at defensive end for the Browns and had two tackles against the Bengals.

Paul Posluszny (2003-06) LB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jets 23, Jaguars 20
Posluszny started at middle linebacker had two tackles against the Jets.

Allen Robinson (2011-13) WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jets 23, Jaguars 20
Robinson is on injured reserve with an ACL injury to his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.

Evan Schwan (2013-16) DE, New York Giants
Buccaneers 25, Giants 23
Schwan is on injured reserve with a broken foot.

A.Q. Shipley (2005-08) C, Arizona Cardinals 
Cardinals 18, 49ers 15
Shipley started at center and anchored an offensive line that paved the way for Carson Palmer to throw for 357 yards and a touchdown in a close victory over the 49ers.

Garrett Sickels (2013-16) DE, Cleveland Browns 
Bengals 31, Browns 7
Sickels is on the Browns practice squad.

Donovan Smith (2012-13) OT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers 25, Giants 23
Smith started at left tackle. He has started all 35 games of his NFL career. Smith helped the offensive line protect Jameis Winston and allow him to throw for 332 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Giants.

Nate Stupar (2008-11) LB, New Orleans Saints
Saints 20, Dolphins 0
Stupar saw action on special teams and had a tackle in the win over the Dolphins.

Ross Travis (men's basketball - 2011-14) TE, Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs 29, Redskins 20
Travis saw action at tight end and on special teams in a win on Monday Night Football.

Cameron Wake (2000, 02-04) DE, Miami Dolphins
Saints 20, Dolphins 0
Wake started for the Dolphins and had three tackles, all for a loss, including a sack. He also had a quarterback hit.

Trevor Williams (2012-15) CB, Los Angeles Chargers
Eagles 26, Chargers 24
Williams started at cornerback and recorded a career-high matching seven tackles. He also broke up one pass.

Stefen Wisniewski (2007-10) G/C, Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles 26, Chargers 24
Wisniewski started at left guard and played 62 percent of the snaps in a close win over the Chargers.

Anthony Zettel, 2012-2015, DL, Detroit Lions
Lions 14, Vikings 7
Zettel made his fourth career start for the Lions and had two tackles, which were both sacks for a total loss of 22 yards. He also had four quarterback hits and a fumble recovery to help the Lions defeat the Vikings. Zettel is now tied for sixth in the NFL with four sacks on the season.

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