Penn State Record Book Race

With one more game on the 2005 regular-season slate, some Nittany Lions have opportunities to make a mark on the Penn State record book. Take a look at who they are and what they need to do against the Spartans to hit some milestones.

Tony Hunt

Hunt was described in the preseason by observers as the "quiet storm," a nickname he has lived up to as he has quietly rung up five 100-plus yard games, with his best coming against Wisconsin (151 yards).

This season, through 10 games, Hunt has rolled up 958 net yards on the ground. He only needs 42 yards in East Lansing to become Penn State's ninth running back to break 1,000 rushing yards in at least one season. He needs 125 yards against Michigan State to break into the top 10 all-time season rushing performances at Penn State, displacing Lenny Moore's 1,082 yards in 1954.

Considering Hunt is only a junior, with two games left this season, he has the potential to break into the career rushing record book with a total of 1,845 career yards. Currently he is ranked No. 16 among PSU's all-time career rushing leaders. That puts him 673 yards out of the top 10, with Eric McCoo's 2,518 career yards at the bottom of that list.

For those curious, in order for Hunt to become Penn State's all-time leading rusher and unseat Curt Warner's 3,398 yards from 1979 to 1982, he would need to gain 1,553 more yards, an average of 110 yards over 14 games.

Michael Robinson

Robinson is already the first quarterback at Penn State to throw and run for 1,000 yards in a career. Currently, he has 1,992 passing yards this season and is a mere eight yards away from breaking the 2,000-yard mark, a feat only nine other PSU quarterbacks have done in a single season.

His 1,526 yards place him at No. 18 on the all-time career rushing list, while his 3,173 passing yards place him at No. 10 among Penn State's passers in terms of career yardage.

He needs 297 passing yards in his final two games (average of 148 yards per game) to move ahead of John Shaffer, quarterback of the 1986 national championship team, and into the No. 8 spot.

Paul Posluszny

Through the Wisconsin game, Posluszny has 106 tackles on the season. His 246 career tackles place him at No. 12 on the Penn State career tackles list. Posluszny is just six takedowns shy of overtaking Penn State great Jack Ham's 251 career tackles.

He is 97 tackles away from the No. 1 spot Greg Buttle owns with 343 tackles from 1973 to 1975.

He needs six tackles to break into Penn State's top 10 list of tackles in a season.

Deon Butler

Butler has 32 catches for 632 yards this season. His average per catch (19.8) places him tied for fourth with Bobby Engram's 1994 season performance.

His eight touchdown catches tie him at No. 6 all-time in a season with Terry Smith's 1991 effort. He needs five TD receptions to tie the No. 1 spot held by Engram's 13 touchdowns in 1993.

Kevin Kelly

The freshman kicker has 86 points this season which places him at No. 9 in points scored in a season. Kelly is the only freshman on that list.

Kelly is 21 points away from the top spot, which is held by Travis Forney's (1999).

At his current pace, Kelly will break the career record held by Craig Fayak of 282 points.

Tamba Hali

Hali has a stellar 11 sacks this season, which places him tied for the No. 6 spot in the record books with Mark D'Onofrio and Terry Killens. He needs four sacks (two per game) to tie the top spot held by Larry Kubin in 1979.


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