More Maryland Talent at PSU

If it wasn't enough that the Nittany Lions have seven of Maryland's top prospects in their Class of 2006, Penn State has also added another player from the border state to their roster from the University of Maryland.

The talent from Maryland continues to make its way to Happy Valley with the addtion of Eric Lenz, a 6-foot-4, 237 pound linebacker from Frederick, Md. (Urbana HS), who transferred from University of Maryland this past fall.

A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Urbana High School in Ijamsville, Md. (Zack Mill's high school), Lenz played defensive end, wide receiver, punter, placekicker and was a kick returner. As a two year starter on defense, he posted 161 tackles, 17 sacks, six interceptions and two forced fumbles.

During his senior season he posted career-highs of 82 tackles and nine sacks, as well as 29 receptions for 523 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had one kickoff returned for a touchdown, three blocked field goals, five blocked punts, a 36.9-yard punting average and 35 successful PATs in 42 attempts.

Lenz received several honors out of high school, including:

  • AP All-State selection (2002, 2003)
  • Washington Post's Defensive Player of the Year (2003)
  • All-Met Team (2003)
  • AP Maryland Defensive Player of the Year (2003)
  • George Michael's "Golden 11" Team (2003)
  • SuperPrep All-American (2003)
  • PrepStar's All-American (2003)

    Lenz was recruited by Pitt, Boston College, Syracuse and Virginia. He redshirted his freshman year with the Terrapins and played linebacker for Maryland.

    Altough the bulk of his reps with the Terrapins was at linebacker, observers say the PSU staff will also get him reps at defensive end this off-season. Lenz saw reps at both positions this past season in practice.

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