Brown, Poz Consider NFL

Paul Posluszny said he would like to return to Penn State in 2006. But with the NFL beckoning, the standout junior may be set to play his final college game when the Nittany Lions face Florida State in the Orange Bowl.

"I'm not exactly 100 percent sure what I want to do," Posluszny said Friday afternoon. "I would definitely like to come back to Penn State. I'll weigh my options and take a look at that after the season."

Posluszny, who won both the Bednarik and Butkus Awards, figures to rank high on many draft boards around the league. He enjoyed a superb junior season, finishing fourth in the Big Ten with 111 tackles and adding 11 tackles for loss and three sacks. On Dec. 10, Posluszny became only the fifth underclassman to win the Butkus Award, which goes to the nation's top linebacker.

Posluszny said he submitted his name to an NFL advisory board that evaluates players' professional prospects. He said he had not yet received an appraisal from the board.

Before making a decision, the Aliquippa, Pa., native said he plans to talk with Joe Paterno. In November, Paterno was asked about Posluszny's potential departure, saying "I think Paul should stay." But Paterno added that he hadn't given the matter much thought.

A finance major with a 3.68 GPA heading into the fall semester, Posluszny said he is three semesters away from graduating. If he returns, it will likely be because of the friendships he has made in his three seasons at University Park.

"The main thing is really my teammates," Posluszny said. "I don't want to leave them. I've met guys who are my teammates and they're like brothers. We'll be friends for the rest of our lives, and that's the big thing."

One of Posluszny's fellow juniors is also mulling an early departure. Offensive tackle Levi Brown, a starter since his redshirt freshman season, is considered draft-worthy as well and may conclude his college career in the Orange Bowl.

Brown was recently named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.

In an interview with Friday, Brown didn't indicate which way he was leaning.

"I'm not going to focus on that until after the bowl game," he said. "Coach [Paterno] is going to look into it for me, then I'll make my decision."


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