05/07/2014 - Five players who should be on Houston's draft radar...OG John Urschel, Penn State: The past two years, O'Brien had the opportunity to coach Urschel at Penn State and in the late rounds, the two could be reunited. He sat on the bench until O'Brien was hired, starting every game at right guard as a junior and senior. Urschel was a solid player in college, but may be better known for his impressive classroom intelligence with a 4.0 GPA and multiple math degrees and even taught three math classes (Geometry, Trigonometry and Vector Calculus) in 2013. He is a short-area blocker who does his best work in a phone booth due to his limited range and athleticism, but he competes on each snap and understands body placement to seal and finish. Urschel probably isn't a next level starter, but he should be able to hold onto a roster spot. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Combine: From 40 times to Fritos, 10 Bold Predictions: 4. Wiz kid could challenge Wonderlic. The NFL says the famed Wonderlic isn't an intelligence test, but Penn State right guard John Urschel is smart enough to recognize the exam for what it is. This year's recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy as the nation's top football scholar-athlete is smart enough to recognize plenty of things. He earned a 4.0 GPA while receiving his Master's Degree in Mathematics in May, and spent his off-time teaching a class (Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry) to fellow Penn State students.
Further, he had a paper published -- "Instabilities of the Sun-Jupiter-Asteroid Three Body Problem" -- last spring in the journal, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy. Math is one of several content areas found on the Wonderlic and therefore it is possible that Urschel may not get a perfect score. If he doesn't, I'm pretty confident that with a series of pie charts and bar graphs, he'll be to convince us that his test was actually better than perfect and that the whole 100 percent idea is actually throwing off his Bell curve. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/31/2013 - 2013 SENIOR CLASS AWARD WINNER: Penn State All-America guard John Urschel (Williamsville, N.Y) has been selected the recipient of the 2013 Senior CLASS Award?? for college football. He is the Nittany Lion football program's first recipient of the honor. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I FBS football coaches, national football media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I football. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, community, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School??, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. "I am honored and grateful to have been selected the Senior CLASS Award recipient," Urschel said. "I have tried to represent my team, university and family as best possible during my time at Penn State. I am very appreciative and thank my family, professors, coaches, teammates and friends for all their support and help they have provided with all my academic and football pursuits at Penn State." - Penn State football
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): John Urschel, Penn State, Guard...Urschel has started all 24 games at right guard the past two seasons. He was instrumental in helping Hackenberg break several school freshman and all-time game and season passing records and Zach Zwinak and Bill Belton combine to rush for 1,792 yards this season. Urschel joins Jeff Hartings (1993-95) and Stefen Wisniewski (2009-10) as the Nittany Lions' offensive linemen to earn multiple first-team All-Big Ten accolades. - Penn State football
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): John Urschel, Penn State, Guard...Urschel has started all 24 games at right guard the past two seasons. He was instrumental in helping Hackenberg break several school freshman and all-time game and season passing records and Zach Zwinak and Bill Belton combine to rush for 1,792 yards this season. Urschel joins Jeff Hartings (1993-95) and Stefen Wisniewski (2009-10) as the Nittany Lions' offensive linemen to earn multiple first-team All-Big Ten accolades. Urschel was the recipient or co-recipient of the offensive line's player of the game honor in 10 of 12 games this season. He graded out at nearly 90 percent for the season.
"To be able to contribute to the team and to be an All-Big Ten player means a lot to me," said Urschel. I'm honored to have been able to play in this conference for five years. To go out as an All-Big Ten player means a lot. Saturday was a great way to finish our season and to finish our careers as seniors. Just to be able to go out as winners and finish the year right and give the Penn State community a win to finish the 2013 season meant a lot." - Penn State football
08/14/2013 - TOP PENN STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. OG John Urschel (6-3, 308, 5.27)...A standout in the classroom and on the football field, Urschel received scholarship offers from some of the top academic institutions in the country and was set to attend Princeton before Penn State offered him a full ride. He graduated in three years in Happy Valley and is currently working on his second master's in mathematics with a current 4.0 grade-point average. Urschel isn't too bad a football either, applying his smarts and quick thinking on the field. He's always alert with strong awareness in the trenches to keep his head on a swivel and anticipate the action around him.
Urschel stays balanced and flexible off the snap, sinking his hips to win with leverage at the point of attack. He is tough, strong and a glass-eater who plays with a chip on his shoulder and leaves it all out on the battle field. Urschel saw limited playing time over his first three years before becoming a starter at right guard last season and is one of three returning starters on the Nittany Lions' offensive line in 2013. With his brains, there is no question that he'll be a success in whatever he does after Penn State, but Urschel hopes to get a crack at the NFL first and foremost and it's tough to bet against him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: G John Urschel, Penn State...A first-team All-Big Ten selection and first team CoSIDA Academic All-American last season, Urschel will lead the Nittany Lions' offensive line. The 6-foot-3, 307-pound offensive guard is among the top returning offensive lineman in the Big Ten and helped pave the way for 1,000-yard running back Zach Zwinak and 3,000-yard passer Matt McGloin in 2012.
The nation's premier college football scholar-athlete, Urschel owns a 4.0 GPA in the classroom, earning his bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics over the past four years. The former Canisius High School standout will anchor the Nittany Lions offensive line in 2013, while working on his second master's degree in math education. - Penn State football
07/17/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: John Urschel, Penn State, G...A first-team All-Big Ten selection and first team CoSIDA Academic All-American last season, Urschel will lead the Nittany Lions' offensive line. The 6-foot-3, 307-pound offensive guard is among the top returning offensive lineman in the Big Ten and helped pave the way for 1,000-yard running back Zach Zwinak and 3,000-yard passer Matt McGloin in 2012. - Penn State football