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Raiders Take Stefen Wisniewski


The Raiders selected G Stefen Wisniewski with the 16th pick in the second round (48th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

2010:Selected first team 2010 AFCA All-American, becoming Penn State's 95th first team All-American (78th under Joe Paterno). Selected 2009 & 2010 first team All-Big Ten, becoming the eighth Nittany Lion to earn all-conference accolades three times. Named 2009 and 2010 first team CoSIDA Academic All-American after earning second team honors in 2008. Was second in voting for 2010 Acdemic All-American of the Year. First Penn State Football Student-Athlete to earn Academic All-America honors three times and only the third Penn State student-athlete overall to do so. Named Academic All-Big Ten three times. Graduated in December, 2010 with a 3.90 grade point average in secondary education, doing so in 3 1/2 years. Shifted back to right guard for the 2010 season after starting all 13 games at center in 2009. Started 38 of last 39 games in his career. Wisniewski was instrumental in Penn State allowing only 12 sacks all season, tied for No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 13 in nation for fewest sacks allowed. He played a critical role in helping the Nittany Lions gain 350 or more yards nine times in 2010, topped by 528 yards in the 35-21 comeback win over Northwestern. The Nittany Lions ran for a season-high 260 yards vs. the Wildcats, with two 100-yard rushers, and threw for 268 yards. Wisniewski helped Penn State gain 496 yards vs. Indiana and 435 yards vs. Michigan, scoring 41 points in both victories. Selected a 2010 National Football Foundation & Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete, earning $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. Selected to the AFCA Good Wiorks Team for his extensive community service. Selected one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and the Wuerffel Trophy for college football student-athletes. Participated in the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

2009: Wisniewski was shifted from guard to center prior to spring practice and emerged as one of the nation's top offensive linemen. Starting every game, he was selected first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media and was named a third-team All-American by Wisniewski and senior tackle Dennis Landolt anchored a line that had four different starting lineups in the first six games, but meshed well in the second half of the season. Wisniewski also was selected a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American®, joining teammates Josh Hull and Andrew Pitz on the first-team. Wisniewski added to his 2008 second-team honor. He saw action on 905 snaps, the third-highest total on the team, led by 86 in each of the wins over Minnesota and LSU. Wisniewski and the O-Line played a huge role in Penn State ranking No. 2 in the Big Ten in total offense at 406.9 ypg. The Nittany Lions were the only Big Ten team ranked in the top five of the conference's four primary offensive statistical categories in 2009: total (406.9 ypg), scoring (28.8 ppg), rushing (169.8 ypg) and passing offense (237.2 ypg). Behind the protection of Wisniewski and his linemates, Daryll Clark finished No. 2 in the Big Ten in passing efficiency, threw a school season-record 24 touchdown passes and broke the season total offense mark. Penn State was third in the Big Ten in fewest sacks allowed and eclipsed 500 yards of total offense on four occasions, including 512 in the regular-season finale at Michigan State.

2008: Wisniewski started 12 games at guard, playing an instrumental role in Penn State ranking in the Top 20 nationally in rushing (17th, 205.8 ypg), total offense (14th, 448.9 ypg) and scoring offense (11th, 38.9 ppg) in 2008. Eleven of his starts were at right guard. The Nittany Lions led the Big Ten in total and scoring offense, were second in rushing and third in passing offense (243.1 ypg). Wisniewski earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in helping pave the way for Evan Royster to become Penn State's fourth consecutive 1,000-yard rusher (three different players). He also was key in helping Penn State lead the Big Ten and rank No. 4 in the nation in fewest sacks allowed last season with 13. Wisniewski helped the Lions gain more than 400 yards 10 times, including 410 against Southern California, the nation's No. 1-ranked defense, in the 2009 Rose Bowl, with four games above 500 yards. Penn State posted seven games with more than 200 rushing yards, led by 334 against Coastal Carolina. The Nittany Lions ran behind the line to tally seven rushing touchdowns in the season-opener, the most since scoring seven against Michigan State in 2002. At Syracuse, the O-line led the charge as Penn State delivered 393 yards in the first half, averaging 8.0 yards per play en route to the 55-13 win. The durable Wisniewski was on the field for 748 plays, led by 74 at Syracuse and 73 against Illinois. Wisniewski was selected a 2008 second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American®, one of a program-record five Nittany Lions so honored in 2008. He also earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades and delivered a perfect 4.00 GPA during the 2009 spring semester.

2007: Wisniewski played in eight games and was joined by linebacker Chris Colasanti as the only true freshmen to earn time on the field. He was named to The Sporting News Freshman All-Big Ten team. Wisniewski played in each of the last seven games, making his collegiate debut against Buffalo. One month later, he made his first career start in the 36-31 win at Indiana, getting the nod at right guard. He became the first Penn State true freshman offensive lineman to start since center Joe Iorio in 1999. Wisniewski helped the Nittany Lions rush for 192 yards and pass for 197 in the important road win over Indiana. He saw action on 230 snaps, led by 42 in the Alamo Bowl win over Texas A&M, as he helped the Lions run for a season-high 270 yards. He compiled a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2007 fall semester.

HIGH SCHOOL: A standout player for Coach Terry Trotten at Central Catholic HS, Wisniewski was selected a U.S. Army All American his senior season. He was a two-time first-team all-state honoree. He was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 team and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25, as well as earning All-Western Pennsylvania honors. He was rated the No. 5 overall prep player in Pennsylvania by, as well as the No. 8 guard in the nation. He also was a member of the wrestling team. Wisniewski was selected to the National Honor Society.

PERSONAL: Full name is Stefen David Wisniewski. He is the son of Leo and Cindy Wisniewski and has one sister, Sarah. His father was a standout defensive lineman for the Lions, lettering from 1979-81 and serving as a tri-captain in 1981. He was selected by the Baltimore Colts in the second round of the 1982 NFL Draft and played four seasons with Baltimore/Indianapolis. An uncle, Steve Wisniewski, was a two-time first-team All-America guard during his Penn State career (1985-88) and was selected All-Pro eight times in his 13 years with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. In his free time, Stefen enjoys reading and working out. He is interested in pursuing a career in teaching and coaching or in the ministry. Wisniewski is one of the squad's premier students, compiling a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2009 spring and 2007 fall semesters in the Schreyer Honors College. He was selected a 2008 second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American® and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. He also is active in community service activities. Born March 22, 1989 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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