June 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM
Two former Penn State players are officially trading in their blue and white for black and silver.
Jack Crawford and Nate Stupar have both signed contracts with the Oakland Raiders, the team announced Thursday.
A defensive end, Crawford was selected in the fifth round of this year’s NFL Draft. Last season at Penn State, Crawford made 40 tackles – 7.5 going for a loss —and 6.5 sacks.
Stupar was taken by Oakland in the seventh round of the draft, and the linebacker recorded 80 tackles last season, the third most by any Nittany Lion. The State College native also made two sacks and had a pair of interceptions last season.
The Raiders’ ties with Penn State don’t stop with Crawford and Stupar.
In the 2011 NFL draft, Oakland picked former Penn State offensive linemen Stefen Wisniewski in the second round and he started in all of the Raiders’ 16 games last season.
Oakland also signed former Penn State defensive back Chaz Powell to a contract earlier in the spring. Powell made 41 tackles and two interceptions for the Lions last season and went undrafted this past spring.