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For Rookie LB Lee, Transition Has Begun

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    Rookies got their first taste of life in the National Football League this week as the team's three-day rookie mini-camp commenced, consisting of five practices and a whole lot of studying over the weekend.

    For former Penn State linebacker Sean Lee, the team's second round selection, the camp represented a small but apt sample of the challenge to come, as he attempts to transition from college to the NFL.

    "Right now, it's more of a mental game, running a lot, and I've definitely noticed a difference in the amount you need to know and how quickly," Lee said. "Your looks, you need to know them quick, and it's a lot. We're here to start learning them, and I think each day I'm getting better.

    "I can handle it, but it takes time--you've got to study and work hard."

    Lee, who told reporters that he spent two hours studying independently on Friday night, believes that playing under Joe Paterno at Penn State will aid him in the transition to the professional ranks. Of course, there seems to be some evidence to  support this in the sheer number of Nittany Lions in the league. According to ESPN.com, that figure currently stands at 39.

    "When you go to Penn State, you're forced to work a certain type of way," Lee said. "Really, you're forced to become a man, a guy who is going to work hard every single day to be a better football player and a better person. That's something I think I can use at this level."

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