Now or never No. 7: Devon Still

I debated whether or not to put senior defensive tackle Devon Still here, but with so much potential and not a lot proven on the field I went for it.

Still was plagued by injuries early in his career, first a torn ACL as a true freshman in 2007 and then a broke ankle the following year. He made it back by the end of the 2008 season, playing 10 snaps against Michigan State when Penn State wrapped up the Big Ten title.

The following season, playing behind standout Jared Odrick, Still made 19 tackles including 5.5 for losses. That really raised everyone’s expectations coming into last season, but it was only a so so one for Still. He had 39 tackles last year, with 10 for losses and a team-high four sacks, but was underwhelming for most of the season. He did save his best game for last, registering seven tackles in the loss to Florida in the Outback Bowl, and that again raised expectations coming into his final year as a Nittany Lion.

The talent is there. And the size. At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Still is an absolute monster of a man. With the quickness and athleticism to disrupt opponents’ backfields, Still can be an All-Big Ten performer this season, but he has to do every game. Not just sometimes. That’s been his issue, but in his defense he hasn’t played a ton at Penn State because of the injuries. He’s out of time though. It’s now or never.

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