LB Tourney: Allerman vs. Poz

Welcome to the opening round of the Penn State Linebacker U. Tournament, where we take the 16 greatest ‘backers of the Joe Paterno era and have them square off in one-on-one battles (elections). We continue the tournament with current Nittany Lion star Paul Posluszny going up against underrated 1970s standout Kurt Allerman.

The following profiles are provided by FOS and (where applicable) the Penn State Football Encyclopedia, which was written by PSU sports historian Lou Prato. Prato also handled the seeding for this tournament.

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.

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