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Butkus winner Posluszny returning to Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- All-America linebacker Paul Posluszny
will bypass the NFL draft and return to Penn State for his senior
year.

Posluszny, winner of the Butkus Award as the country's top
linebacker, partially tore two ligaments in his right knee late in
the fourth quarter of the Nittany Lions' 26-23 triple overtime win
over Florida State in the Orange Bowl last week.

Team doctors said Posluszny will need six to eight weeks of
rehabilitation. He most likely will be ready when spring practice
starts in late March.

His return will ease coach Joe Paterno's makeover on defense,
which will lose seven senior starters.