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Six Penn State players drafted, including Mt. Lebanon’s Troy Apke |

Six Penn State players drafted, including Mt. Lebanon’s Troy Apke

Penn State safety Troy Apke celebrates after breaking up a pass against Ohio State during the first half Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.
Penn State's DaeSean Hamilton (5) catches a pass over Michigan's Tyree Kinnel (23) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)

Former Penn State and Mt. Lebanon safety Troy Apke became the first WPIAL player drafted Saturday when the Washington Redskins chose him with the ninth pick in the fourth round (109 overall).

His Penn State teammate, wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, was selected four picks later by the Denver Broncos.

A total of six Penn State players were drafted, including running back Saquon Barkley (second overall to the New York Giants), tight end Mike Gesicki (second round, No. 42 overall) to the Miami Dolphins, safety Marcus Allen (fifth round, No. 148 to the Steelers) and cornerback Chris Campbell (sixth round, No. 182 to the Arizona Cardinals).

Apke, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, comes from strong bloodlines. His father, Steve, was a starting linebacker at Pitt in the 1980s and was replacement player for the Steelers during the 1987 strike. His sister Tess was a star softball player at Mt. Lebanon.

During the 2017 season, Apke intercepted one pass — against Pitt at Beaver Stadium — but his work at the NFL Combine pushed him up the draft boards. He ran a 4.34 40 and recorded a 41-inch vertical jump.

Hamilton, 6-1, 203, caught 214 passes for 2,842 and 18 touchdowns in four years at Penn State. He was a second-team Big 10 selection last season.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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