Jordan Hill and Kyle Carter Win Conference Awards
After the Nittany Lions’ dominating performance over the Iowa Hawkeyes this weekend, several Penn State players are receiving recognition for their play.
For the fourth time in the last six weeks a Penn State football player has been named Big Ten Defensive Player Of The Week. This week senior defensive tackle Jordan Hill picked up the honors.
Hill recorded nine tackles to lead the team. He spent much of Saturday’s game disrupting Iowa’s backfield, recording a sack and a tackle for a loss. His performance helped the Lions hold the Hawkeyes to a season low 20 rushing yards. Before Saturday’s game the Hawkeyes averaged 155 rushing yards per game.
Redshirt freshmen Kyle Carter was also honored as Big Ten Freshmen Of The Week. Carter had six catches for 85 yards, including a crucial 35 yard reception on fourth down. Last week Carter was named to the John Mackey Award watch list, an honor given to the nation’s top tight end. He is the only freshman on the list of 26 candidates.
Penn state senior linebackers Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges were named two of the 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award — the award given to the nation’s top linebacker. Penn State is the only school with two athletes on the list. The last Penn State linebacker to win the award was Paul Posluszny in 2005.