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Week 1 Recap: 3 LBs Force Turnovers, Royster Sees Little Action

September 9th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

It’s finally back.

As if I even need to mention it, the NFL season is back in full swing. After the first batch of games, it appears as if it will be another hugely defense-heavy year for Penn Staters in the NFL.

As of posting, there are only 4 Nittany Lions on NFL roster in offensive, stat-recording positions (Sorry, lineman!) and of those, only 1 is a starter.

If there’s any fan base that can appreciate a solid defensive showing, though, it’s us Penn Staters. Luckily for us, in week 1 there was plenty of outstanding defense to be seen.

See how all of the Nittany Lions did on opening weekend after the jump!  


  • Pat Devlin, Dolphins — No stats recorded

Running Backs

  • Michael Robinson, Seahawks — No stats recorded
  • Evan Royster, Redskins — 2 rushes for 10 yards

Wide Receivers

  • Jordan Norwood, Browns — Inactive (Coach’s decision)

Offensive Lineman

  • Dennis Landolt, Jets — Inactive (Knee)
  • Rich Ohrnberger, Cardinals
  • A.Q. Shipley, Colts
  • Stefen Wisniewski, Raiders

Defensive Lineman

  • Chris BakerRedskins — Inactive (Coach’s decision)
  • Jack Crawford, Raiders — Inactive (Coach’s decision)
  • Jared Odrick, Dolphins — 2 tackles
  • Devon Still, Bengals — 2 tackles
  • Cameron Wake, Dolphins – 3 tackles, 1 for loss


  • Navorro Bowman, 49ers — 11 tackles, 1 interception, 1 pass defended
  • Dan Connor, Cowboys — No stats recorded
  • Sean Lee, Cowboys — 12 tackles, 1 forced fumble
  • Aaron Maybin, Jets — No stats recorded
  • Paul Posluszny, Jaguars — 7 tackles, 1 pass defended
  • Tamba Hali, Chiefs — Suspended (1 game for violating substance abuse policy)
  • Josh Hull, Rams — 1 tackle
  • Bryan Scott, Bills — 2 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble
  • Tim Shaw, Titans — No stats recorded

Defensive Backs

  • Justin King, Colts — 2 tackles, 2 passes defended

Special Teams

  • Robbie Gould, Bears — 2/2 FGs (35, 26 yards); 5/5 XPs

Practice Squads

  • Stephfon Green, RB, Lions
  • Chris Hogan, WR, Dolphins
  • Nate Stupar, LB, Raiders

Injured Lists

  • Phil TaylorDT, Browns — PUP
  • Andrew Quarless, TE, Packers — PUP
  • Johnnie TroutmanOG, Chargers — Reserve/Non-football injury
  • Levi BrownLT, Cardinals — IR
  • Brett Brackett, TE, Jaguars – IR


  • You can watch the video of Bryan Scott‘s interception off of Mark Sanchez here. Despite the fact that it was a poor pass with an unlucky deflection, Scott showed some fancy footwork for his 8th career INT. He also forced a fumble on Shonn Greene in the second quarter, but Greene was able to recover it.
  • Navorro Bowman chose a great time to score his first career interception. With the Niners up by 8 points with 8:50 remaining in the game, Bowman snagged an Aaron Rodger’s pass over the middle. On the next play, Frank Gore broke off a 23-yard touchdown run and the game was sealed. You can watch the video here.
  • Watch Sean Lee make rookie running back David Wilson cry by forcing a fumble on his second career carry.
  • Even though he was listed as the first RB on the depth chart, Evan Royster did not start and only received 2 carries on Sunday afternoon. Rookie Alfred Morris got the start and ended up with 28 carries for 96 yards (3.4 ypc) and 2 touchdowns. I had been expecting a RB-by-committee approach out of Mike Shanahan, so it will be interesting to see how the carries are spread next week.
  • For live updates throughout Sundays for most of the season, make sure you’re following @PSUintheNFL on Twitter!
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