Connor's Future Still Unclear

Penn State All-American linebacker has filed paperwork for an NFL Draft evaluation. But he won't make a final decision to stay at Penn State or make an early entry into the pros until after the Nittany Lions face Tennessee in the Outback Bowl.

TAMPA, Fla. — Penn State junior linebacker Dan Connor said Friday that nothing has changed since he announced earlier this month he was thinking about skipping his final season at Penn State to enter the NFL Draft.

“I've told everyone — coaches and players — that everything's off until after the [Outback Bowl],” Connor said.

Connor said he filed the paperwork for a draft evaluation. College players have until Jan. 4 to request such an evaluation, in which an NFL advisory board rates a player's draft worthiness.

Connor said he would talk to fellow linebacker Paul Posluszny before making his decision. Last year, Posluszny thought about leaving early but was forced to reconsider his options when his knee was injured in the Orange Bowl.

Posluszny said there are benefits to sticking around for one last season.

“It's an opportunity to spend one more year with your teammates and coaches,” he said. “There's definitely a lot to learn by coming back for another year. Just being in a college atmosphere — it's the greatest four years of your life. It's a good time.”

Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to decide whether to declare themselves eligible for the draft. After that, they have one week in which they can change their minds without losing their college eligibility.

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