Lee, Odrick to play in Senior Bowl

University Park, Pa. — Penn State standouts Sean Lee (Pittsburgh) and Jared Odrick (Lebanon, Pa.) have accepted invitations to play in the 61st Annual Under Armour Senior Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 30. Lee and Odrick are playing for the North squad, which will be coached by Jim Schwartz and the staff of the Detroit Lions. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

Penn State's Jeremy Boone (Mechanicsburg), Daryll Clark (Youngstown, Ohio) and Andrew Quarless (Uniondale, N.Y.) are scheduled to play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, January 23. The game will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET and be televised by ESPN2.

Other Penn State seniors are likely to play in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game, to be announced later this month.

Lee and Odrick will be the 15th and 16th Nittany Lions to play in the Senior Bowl in the past seven years. Wide receiver Derrick Williams gained a game-high 124 all-purpose yards in the 2009 game. Two years ago, All-America linebacker Dan Connor made a game-high nine tackles and grabbed an interception to claim Under Armour Award as the North MVP. Penn State standouts Levi Brown, Tony Hunt and Paul Posluszny played in the 2007 game, with Hunt earning MVP honors. Former Nittany Lion All-American Larry Johnson was MVP of the 2003 Senior Bowl.

Having missed the 2008 season with a torn ACL, Lee returned to the form this past season that helped him be selected the 2007 Alamo Bowl Defensive MVP and a Pro Football Weekly All-American. After spraining his left knee against Temple, Lee did not play in the next three games and saw limited duty in the wins over Minnesota and Michigan. The final month of the season, though, the former Upper St. Clair High School all-stater again was playing like one of the premier linebackers in the nation, leading Penn State's Top 10 defense. A semifinalist for the 2009 Butkus Award, Lee was selected second-team All-Big Ten for his second career all-conference honor.

A 2009 team co-captain with quarterback Daryll Clark, Lee ranks No. 4 in Penn State career tackles with 325. Lee was third on the team and No. 6 in the Big Ten at 8.6 tackles per game this season. He recorded 86 stops, with 11 tackles for loss (minus-41), two sacks, one interception and seven pass breakups, the second-highest total on the team. At the team's Senior Banquet, Lee was the recipient of the Ridge Riley Award, presented to a senior for "sportsmanship, scholarship, leadership and friendship."

Odrick earned first team All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), becoming the 80th Penn Stater to be named a first-team All-American a total of 94 times and the 77th player so honored under Joe Paterno. Odrick also received All-American honors from the Associated Press, Sporting News, CBSsports.com and Rivals.com. He is the sixth Penn State defensive lineman to earn first-team All-America accolades since 1999. The Big Ten coaches selected Odrick the 2009 Defensive Player-of-the-Year and Defensive Lineman-of-the-Year. He became the first interior defensive lineman selected for the Big Ten's top defensive honor since Ohio State's Dan Wilkinson in 1993. Odrick garnered first-team all-conference honors for the second consecutive year.

The former U.S. Army All-American at Lebanon High School was ranked No. 7 in the Big Ten with 7.0 sacks. He was fifth on the team with 43 tackles and had 11.0 tackles for loss (minus-72), a big blocked field goal and a pass breakup. Odrick also played a significant role in helping Penn State rank in the Top 10 nationally in five of the six primary defensive statistical categories. Penn State has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in the last 16 games, the nation's third-longest streak. The NFL Network (Ch. 180 and 275 on Comcast in Centre Region) will televise the Senior Bowl practices and game. The North squad's practices will air Monday at 3:30 p.m. ET and Tuesday-Thursday at 12:00 p.m. ET. The Senior Bowl Recap Show will air on the NFL Network Monday-Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Paterno has seen more than 350 of his former players sign NFL contracts, with 239 players being drafted, including 32 first round choices. All-America defensive end Aaron Maybin was the No. 11 overall selection, by the Buffalo Bills, in the 2009 NFL Draft. All-America tackle Levi Brown was the No. 5 overall pick, by the Arizona Cardinals, in the 2007 NFL Draft.

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Last Updated January 22, 2010