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April 27, 2012Former Penn State All-American defensive tackle Devon Still was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 53rd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft Friday night.
The 2011 Big Ten Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year and Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, Still became yet the latest in a string of Penn State defensive linemen to continue their careers in the NFL, including Jared Odrick and Aaron Maybin most recently, along with Tamba Hali, Michael Haynes, Jimmy Kennedy and Courtney Brown.
After nearly two full years lost to injury, Still settled into the defensive tackle rotation in 2009 before breaking out alongside Odrick during the 2010 season.
A huge Outback Bowl performance against Florida then catapulted Still into a senior season that left him among the most accomplished defensive linemen in Penn State history. Keeping a humble attitude throughout helped, he told BWI recently.
"I never felt like I was accomplished. I felt like the things I was doing on the football field were things I was supposed to do. I fully expected more out of myself," he said. "Whenever you get that feeling of stardom, you don't want to lose that feeling because it feels so good. You're going to go out there and work as hard as you can to always maintain that same feeling.
"I know with me, that's what made me keep on pushing hard. You want to make an impact. When you step on that football field, you want to be the best person on the football field and the best person at your position. You don't have time to take breaks. You have to keep on working because that next guy is working even harder."
Last season, he did that exactly.
Still finished with 55 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss. For his career at Penn State, he had 113 total tackles, a fumble recovery, 10.5 sacks and 32.5 TFL for 119 yards in losses.
Check out Blue White Illustrated's feature story on Still heading into his senior season, right here!
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