Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Jones-Drew, Posluszny, Scobee Stand Out

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Jones-Drew, Posluszny, Scobee Stand Out

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Byline: Tania Ganguli

Jaguars general manager Gene Smith named running back Maurice Jones-Drew, linebacker Paul Posluszny and kicker Josh Scobee as his offensive, defensive and special teams MVPs of the first half of his season during his weekly radio show on Monday.

Smith said he might have named several players on defense, including linebacker Daryl Smith.

He selected safety Dwight Lowery as his unsung player of the first half of the season.

Posluszny leads the team with 100 tackles. Scobee has been perfect on field goals, having made 14 out of 14 this year.

Jones-Drew has rushed for 740 yards on 166 carries and 12 catches for 85 yards.

Smith also praised the offensive line, including center Brad Meester, who he said has been a very consistent player, and right guard Uche Nwaneri.

"Uche Nwaneri's playing as good as he's played since he's been a Jaguar," Smith said.


The scandal out of State College, Pa., was unsettling to Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny.

Posluszny was a two-time Bednarik Award winner at Penn State and remembers former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky being around the program while he was there, through the 2006 season.

"It's obviously a very, very disturbing situation for everybody involved, and if it's true you feel so awful for the kids, their families," Posluszny said, shaking his head incredulously. "And it's just one of those things you say, 'I can't believe it. I can't believe it.' It's really, really hard to believe because he's - Sandusky was a legendary coach that everybody held in such high regard.

"He was a very respectable, very honorable guy. That's what we all were led to believe."

Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sexual abuse. The Pennsylvania Attorney General's report said Sandusky found his victims through a charity he founded to help at-risk boys. …

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