September 28, 2006

Lee takes advantage of starting role

Grumblings in Happy Valley about Anthony Morelli and the Nittany Lion passing attack are about as loud and frequent as chimes from the Old Main bell tower right now.

A quick look at the statistics can make a Penn State fan's stomach churn: Morelli is 86th in passing efficiency, the Lions rank 67th in scoring offense, and the passing offense is tied for 72nd.

But beneath the frenzy of dissatisfaction from Nittany Nation surrounding the anemic Lions' offense, a buzz is beginning to grow for the guy who appears to be Penn State's next great linebacker.

Leading the team with 11 tackles against No.1-ranked Ohio State, sophomore Sean Lee is quietly becomming a solid linebacker on a team loaded with talent at the position.

The Lions' head general has noticed.

A reporter looking for a good quote about Dan Connor (who leads the team in tackles with 38) was given this response from 79-year old head coach, Joe Paterno, on Tuesday afternoon.

"Dan's played very well," he said succinctly before moving on. "Those three guys plus Tim Shaw, they're really good football players."

He wasn't finished. Rather than expound on Connor's ability to fly to the ball or his growing leadership role on the team, Paterno went another direction.

"Sean Lee doesn't get much ink but..." Paterno's voice trailed off, probably realizing that he wasn't answering the question. "Sean Lee, Connor and Paul, they're three good linebackers."

No need to worry, Joe, Lee's getting some ink now.

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