Poz: "Giving it Some Thought"

This has been a breakout year for Penn State junior linebacker Paul Posluszny. With a series of monster games on national television, he is now considered one of college football's best players at his position, and has been named a finalist for the Butkus Award and Lombardi Award.

With the Nittany Lions two wins away from a Big Ten title and their first BCS bowl appearance, has the team captain given any thought to entering the NFL draft after his junior campaign?

“I have given it some thought,” Paul Posluszny said Tuesday morning. “I would just like to finish out the rest of the season and be successful, first just beat Wisconsin. But it is in the back of my mind.

“I just have to talk to my family and see if it will be the right thing to do, not only for my family but for Penn State.”

The best thing he could do for Penn State right now is come through with a strong game against the Badgers. Both teams are 8-1, and the winner of this weekend's game is the odds-on favorite to capture the Big Ten crown.

In the big picture, however, losing Posluszny after this season would be a serious blow to a Nittany Lion defense that must replace seven senior starters. Posluszny's 94 tackles are by far a team high.

In fairness to Posluszny, earlier in the teleconference Tuesday, he spoke matter-of-factly about being with the team in 2006, saying he hoped to implement leadership skills he learned from fellow captains Michael Robinson and Alan Zemaitis, a pair of seniors.

His answer about possibly turning pro was to a direct question on the subject. When reporters pressed a bit, he downplayed the notion.

“I'm not really sure what I want to do,” Posluszny said. “I'm just really focused on Wisconsin right now.”

Later, he added: “It has crossed my mind, but it hasn't been a real serious thought.”

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