Once thought to be the next premier end to study under defensive line coach Larry Johnson, Penn State’s Jack Crawford has had an up-and-down career. The potential shown during his freshman and sophomore years was somewhat overshadowed by an injury-riddled junior season.
But Crawford, who has started every game this season, was all smiles after Saturday’s 20-14 win over Ohio State, in which he put forth one of his best performances of the season.. The senior beat Ohio State’s highly touted left tackle Mike Adams multiple times and twice sacked the Buckeyes’ athletic freshman quarterback, Braxton Miller. He also had six tackles.
“It gives you a lot of confidence,” said Crawford, who hails from London but played high school football at St. Augustine Prep in Richland, N.J.
“You come into a game like this and leave with two sacks, it lets you finish the weekend in a good mood. It helps you sleep at night. If you have a sack in your hands and you miss it, it’s hard to sleep. There’s nothing else you’re thinking about … To beat Iowa and Ohio State in the same year, that’s special for me.”