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Penn State football: Five Nittany Lions invited to NFL Scouting Combine

Defensive back Adrian Amos, kicker Sam Ficken, linebacker Mike Hull, tight end Jesse James and offensive tackle Donovan Smith have earned the opportunity to show their skills for NFL scourts.
Defensive back Adrian Amos, kicker Sam Ficken, linebacker Mike Hull, tight end Jesse James and offensive tackle Donovan Smith have earned the opportunity to show their skills for NFL scourts. CDT file photo

Five former members of the Penn State football team have been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine later this month.

Earning the opportunity to show their skills for NFL scouts will be defensive back Adrian Amos, kicker Sam Ficken, linebacker Mike Hull, tight end Jesse James and offensive tackle Donovan Smith.

The five invitations for Nittany Lions are the most for the program since six went to the 2010 Combine, and are the second-most in the Big Ten. Michigan State will send six players to the event at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis from Feb. 20-23.

Amos started at cornerback and safety during his Penn State career, making 38 starts, posting 42 tackles, 38 solo stops and three interceptions this past season.

Ficken was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media as a senior. His 24 made field goals last season is a program record, and he is second on Penn State’s all-time list with 54 made field goals and fourth with 264 points.

Hull was the Big Ten’s Linebacker of the Year and a third-team Associated Press All-American. He led the Big Ten and was ninth in the nation with 140 tackles, including 101/2 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also leaves in sixth place on the program’s career tackles list with 294.

James was third on the team with 38 catches for 396 yards and a team-high three touchdown receptions. He finishes with 11 career scores, a school record for tight ends.

Smith started 31 of 37 career games at left tackle for the Nittany Lions.

The Combine will be shown on the NFL Network each day of the event. The NFL Draft will be held April 30 to May 2.

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