NO. 5 PAUL POSLUSZNY (2003-present)
No less an authority than tournament top seed Jack Ham has called Posluszny the "best linebacker" ever to play at Penn State. And with a full season remaining, he has every chance to cement that title in 2006. Already a two-year starter, Posluszny should easily overtake Greg Buttle as the program's career tackles leader. He won the Butkus Award and Bednarik Award as a junior, when he was a consensus All-American. He was also Penn State's first junior captain since 1968 and has a chance to become only the second player (joining Jeff Hartings) to capture first-team All-America and first-team Academic All-America honors in consecutive seasons.
NO. 12 KURT ALLERMAN (1974-76)
Allerman was a team captain as a senior in 1976, when his team-high 87 tackles helped him win first-team All-America honors. He saved his best game for last, coming through with 11 tackles in a Gator Bowl loss to Notre Dame. Allerman finished his Penn State career with 235 tackles, which is 15th on the career list. He was a third-round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1977 and played for three different teams before retiring from the Detroit Lions following the 1985 season.