Several members of Penn State's Class of 2006 gather near Baltimore to sign their letters of intent together. Pictured left to right are Antonio Logan-El, Aaron Maybin, Tom McEowen, Phillip Taylor, Pat Devlin, Bani Gbadyu, Eric Latimore, Jared Odrick, A.J. Wallace, J.B. Walton and Evan Royster.
Despite a rough start with two of his first three passes intercepted, Pat Devlin went on to lead the Pennsylvania All-Star squad to a 61-42 over Ohio in the 2006 Big 33 Classic. Devlin's performance was highlighted with an 81 yard touchdown pass and 13 yard touchdown run. Aside from Devlin, several future Lions played in the game, including Jared Odrick, Abe Koroma, Tom McEowen and Travis McBride. As an aside, the Board of Directors of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association voted to continue Ohio's participation in the Big 33, which appeared to be in danger earlier in the year.
True freshman Travis McBride competes in the annual Lift For Life competition, benefitting the Kidney Cancer Association. This year, in its fourth edition, the event even raised over $50,000 and was won by Josh Gaines, Spencer Ridenhour, Tyrell Sales and A.Q. Shipley.
Although senior tailback Tony Hunt had only 14 carries for 36 yards and a touchdown against the season opener against Akron, he ended the year with 246 carries for 1228 yards (4.99 YPC) and 11 rushing touchdowns
Penn State honored the twentieth anniversary of the 1986 National Championship team, FOS also honored the team with a feature issue in our magazine.
Despite it being the first D1AA matchup in 22 years for Penn State, several key recruiting prospects headed to Happy Valley for the contest. Pictured are Chaz Powell, Nick Sukay and Josh Marks (back) - all three elected to join PSU's Class of 2007.
With Paul Posluszny's shift to middle linebacker, Sean Lee stepped in to make an impact this season. His size, speed and aggression led to an 83 tackle, 4.5 sack, 1 forced fumble, in interception performance on the year.
Nittany Nation fans proved again to be the benchmark for the nation. Although Penn State ended up losing to Michigan, the fans came out in full force for the declared "White Out."
Despite some speedy feet, Illinois' true freshman QB Isiah "Juice" Williams got squeezed by the Penn State defense. Dan Connor proved to have another monsterous year. The All-American was a Bednarik finalist this year.
All-Big Ten safety Anthony Scirrotto pulled in five interceptions with another six pass breakups and was a force on special teams for the Nittany Lions, including a key blocked punt agaisnt the Spartans. Above he is scoring on one of his two interceptions against Illinois.
True freshman tight end Andrew Quarless quickly emerged as a weapon in the PSU passing game. On the year he had 20 catches for 286 yards (14.3 YPC) and a touchdown.
The defense proved to be a bright spot for the Nittany Lions, holding ten of their opponents to 17 points or less and posting two shutouts.
Head Coach Joe Paterno suffered a broken leg in a sideline collision during the Wisconsin game. Although he missed the Temple game on doctor's orders, the first PSU game he missed in 29 years, he was back for the Michigan State clash.
Senior Nittany Lion mascot Dave Johnson, considered by many to be among the most innovative Lions of all time, thanks the PSU fans as he is unmasked during the Michigan State game.
Paul Posluszny ended the season with 108 tackles, just three off his regular season mark in 2005. The All-American two-time captain was a finalist for the Butkus, Lombardi and Lott trophies and won the Bednarik for the second year in a row. He also broke Greg Buttle's all-time career tackle mark.
Posluszny thanks the Penn State students during his final clash in Beaver Stadium. Many fans now feel Posluszny is the greatest linebacker of all-time at PSU and among the best in the history of the sport.