Mike Hull Named USA Today Sports Second-Team All-American

Mike Hull continues to rack up post-season honors.

The senior linebacker was named a USA Today Sports’ second-team All-American on Thursday, joining five other Big Ten players on the second-team.

Earlier this month, Hull was given the Butkus-Fitzgerald award for Big Ten linebacker of the year. He was also named to the conference’s first-team defense, as selected by media and coaches. Along with Anthony Zettel, Hull earned a spot on BTN.com’s all-conference first-team several days prior to the Big Ten’s official selections.

“I’m just so honored to be able to receive this award,” he said after receiving the Butkus-Fitzgerald award. “[But] it’s not possible without the great teammates around me… There’s been a lot of good times, a lot of bad times. Overall it’s bittersweet. But I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out.”

Hull led Penn State’s dominant defense to the tune of 11.2 tackles per game, the best clip in the Big Ten, and seventh-best in the country. His 134 tackles this season, and 288 in his career, both rank sixth in Penn State record books. His 19 tackles against Ohio State were a career high, and led a defensive effort that almost resulted in a remarkable comeback victory against the playoff-bound Buckeyes. He recorded at least 10 tackles eight times this year.

Hull joins Michigan State safety Kurtis Drummond on the second-team’s defense. Indiana running back Tevin Coleman and Ohio State’s defensive lineman Joey Bosa were notable conference foes to earn first team selections.

The Canonsburg native will have another opportunity to add to his impressive list of honors. In late October, he was added to the Bednarik Award watch list given to the nation’s best defender. He’ll play in the 2015 Senior Bowl with fellow upperclassman Adrian Amos.

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Ben Berkman

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