PITTSBURGH - The question wasn't even finished yet, but as soon as Aaron Maybin heard Jack Crawford's name, he immediately started heaping on the praise.
"Oh, he's going to be amazing," Maybin said. "Jack Crawford is going to be an All-American at Penn State very soon."
Maybin basically came out of nowhere last season to become an All-American and first-round draft pick. Crawford, his replacement at defensive end for the Nittany Lions, has been the most talked-about new starter this summer as big things are expected from the impressive physical specimen from Britain.
"The kid reminds me a whole lot of myself when I was coming up there," Maybin, a rookie with the Buffalo Bills, said following Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers. "He's got a motor, he's got a heck of a motor. He doesn't know when to stop. I see a lot of the same traits in him that I myself had when I came in and still have today."
The 6-foot-5, 256-pound Crawford had only played football for two years when he arrived on campus, but he still was good enough to appear in all 13 games as a true freshman for PSU last season.
"I'm really excited about what Jack's going to be able to do," Maybin said. "I'm definitely keeping in touch with him, keeping in contact and watching and following his career because I know he's going to do some big things."