With the offseason in full gear and the team turning their focus to the draft, 5 Points Blue will be taking a look back at current Cowboys players and the skills they honed on the gridiron during their college years.
Sean Lee was selected by the Cowboys with the 55th overall pick in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The linebacker had a slow start through his first training camp due to injuries, but quickly proved his worth on the field earning Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week and NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors his rookie season. While Lee has continued to battle with injuries throughout his career, his work ethic and leadership both on and off the field have been unparalleled. When healthy, he’s been the team’s best defensive playmaker, and the linebacker’s performance this season earned him his first Pro Bowl nod. But let’s take a look at where Lee was before he came to the ‘Boys and throw it back to his college years. Check out some quick facts from his time in the Big Ten.
High School: Upper Saint Clair High School, Upper St. Clair Township, PA
College: Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Finance
Lee suffered a torn ACL during a spring practice following his junior season, keeping him sidelined for what would have been his final year in the college ranks. But that was far from the end of Lee’s time as a Nittany Lion. The linebacker redshirted for the 2008 season, but still held an active role with the team, being named honorary captain by his teammates and acting as an undergraduate coach on the sidelines. Lee returned to the field for the 2009 season to close out his college career before being drafted by the Cowboys in 2010.
- Started 36 of 43 games played at Penn State
- Career: 325 tackles; 11 sacks; 3 interceptions; 5 forced fumbles; 6 fumble recoveries; 18 passes defended
- Fourth in Penn State history in career tackles
- Tied for first in Big Ten with 3 fumble recoveries (2007)
- Led NCAA and Big Ten with 84 assisted tackles (2007)
- Second in Big Ten with 138 single-season tackles (2007)
- Seventh in Big Ten with 3 forced fumbles (2007)
- Academic All-Big Ten (2006, 2007, 2009)
- 3x Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (2007, 2007, 2009)
- First-Team All-American by Pro Football Weekly (2007)
- Second-Team All-Big Ten (2007)
- Valero Alamo Bowl Defensive Player of the Game (2007)