Seven Penn State players invited to NFL combine

Seven players who starred for Penn State have been invited to take part in the NFL Scouting Combine beginning Feb. 22 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The seven are defensive end Jack Crawford, cornerback D’Anton Lynn, wide receiver Derek Moye, cornerback Chaz Powell, defensive tackle Devon Still, linebacker Nate Stupar and guard Johnnie Troutman.

Three players have ties to the extended Philadelphia area  – Crawford (St. Augustine Prep) from Longport, N.J.; Still (Howard Technology) from Wilmington and Troutman (Pemberton) from Browns Mills, N.J.

According to Penn State athletic communications, only Alabama (nine), LSU (eight) and Wisconsin (eight) have more players at the combine than the Nittany Lions. The combine runs through Feb. 28.

Still, who is projected to be a first-round choice in April’s NFL draft, was named Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten and was a finalist for three national awards, including the Chuck Bednarik Trophy presented by the Maxwell Football Club. He led his team in 2011 with 17 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Crawford topped the Lions in sacks this season with 6.5 and made second-team All-Big Ten. Lynn, Powell and Stupar all earned honorable mention recognition in the conference. Powell was one of the Big Ten's best kickoff return men, and finished third in the conference with a 27.1-yard average.

Moye was hampered by injuries as a senior but finished his career third on the Lions’ all-time list in receiving yards (2,395) and fifth in receptions (144).

Troutman started 24 consecutive games at one point in his career. He, Crawford and Lynn played in the Senior Bowl, while Still was selected for the game but sat out because of a toe injury.

--Joe Juliano