Few teams in the history of sports have dealt with a season as tumultuous as this year’s Penn State football team. Lost in the adversity surrounding them the Nittany Lions had a great season led by a strong defense. They’ll look to finish out this season with a victory over one of the best offensive teams in football in Houston. The Cougars are led by senior quarterback Case Keenum who put up unearthly numbers this past season. His go to receiver Patrick Edward has 18 touchdowns on the year. Houston must find a way to contain defensive tackle Devon Sill. Sill is a physical player who projects to the first round in next April’s draft. His linemate Jack Crawford is also a highly rated prospect.

Penn State

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
1stDevon StillDT715SrExplosive penetrating defensive tackle with good size. Quick, moves well and offers a nice upside.
3-4Jack CrawfordDE814SrTall, thin defensive end that flashes ability. Looked terrific in ’09 then struggled with an injury last season. Could make a big vault up draft boards with a productive senior campaign.
4-5Johnnie TroutmanG745SrStrong, small area blocker that easily handles one-on-one assignments and turns defenders off the line, opening big lanes the running game.
5thJustin BrownWR193Jr
5-6Derek MoyeWR65SrDependable receiver that extends his hands and offers the quarterback a nice target. Lacks the second gear yet possesses enough skill to make it as a fifth receiver. Does not play to his timed speed.
5-6Anthony LynnS84SrNice sized safety with terrific measurables that flashes skill in all aspects.
FAQuinn BarhamG675SrCollege left tackle that projects to guard in the NFL. Moves well on his feet and solid in pass protection. Potential zone blocking lineman.
FADeOn’tae PannellG504SrOne time highly rated blocker that disappointed in 2010 after turning in a dominant sophomore campaign.
6-7Drew AstorinoS285SrTough, intelligent safety that makes plays up the field or out to the sidelines. Does not display great athleticism yet very efficient.
FAMichael MautiOLB424JrTough, hard-working linebacker with limited upside.
FANick SukayS15Sr

Houston

Rnd Name Pos #YrComments
6thCase KeenumQB76SrHighly rated percentage passer that returns for his sixth year of college eligibility. Good prospect that must show no bumps on the road after missing the 2010 season.
7thPatrick EdwardsWR835SrReliable pass catcher that runs terrific routes, consistently gets separation from defenders then immediately transitions from making the catch to running after the reception. Outstanding on underneath routes and could be a good slot/fifth receiver at the next level.
FAPhillip StewardOLB423JrAthletic three down linebacker that shows ability against the run and also effectively makes plays in space. Solid future prospect.
FATyron CarrierWR355SrSmallish yet quick pass catcher that does a nice job finding the clearing in the defense then making himself an available target for the quarterback.
FAMarcus McGrawOLB554SrUndersized linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline and shows ability in pursuit. Lack of size is a limiting factor but could make it as a backup one gap linebacker that helps out on special teams.