August 23, 2011

LM Podcast with Former PSU Laxer, NFL Hopeful Chris Hogan

by Corey McLaughlin | | Twitter

Chris Hogan had 71 points in 43 games as a Penn State midfielder from 2007-10. After playing one season of college football at Monmouth in New Jersey last fall, he's now in training camp with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.

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Chris Hogan is one of a few names the lacrosse world may know who are trying thier hand at the NFL this month (Will Yeatman, Mark Herzlich and Evan Royster are some others), but Hogan's path to an NFL training camp with the San Francisco 49ers is the unlikelist of any of those players.

A former New Jersey high school football star, Hogan spent four years away from football while a starting midfielder for the Penn State men's lacrosse team from 2007-2010. While there, a season-ending injury his sophomore year gave Hogan an extra year of eligiblity -- but instead of using it to play lacrosse last year, he chose to return to football, a sport he always missed. Hogan played wideout, cornerback and worked on special teams last fall at Division I-AA Monmouth in New Jersey, and attended graudate school there.

After the college season was over, Hogan dazzled scouts this spring at a pro day at Fordham in New York with his athleticism, running a 4.47 40-yard dash and bench-pressing 225 pounds 28 times. He earned pre-draft tryouts with the Jets, Giants, Eagles and Browns. He wasn't drafted in April, but in July Hogan signed a free agent contract with the 49ers. He's battling for a roster spot as a wideout and special teams player. I caught up with him over the phone from California last week.

We talked, among other things, about the adjustments Hogan needed to make returning to football, what current 49er he thinks would make a good lacrosse player, and Penn State men's lacrosse under new coach Jeff Tambroni. Hint: Hogan was impressed with the Nittany Lions this spring.

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