Franklin Earns Big Ten Media Coach Of The Year, Several Players Earn All-Big Ten Honors

The Big Ten announced its annual awards for coaches, defensive players, and the special teams on Tuesday. A number of Nittany Lions were honored, including James Franklin.

Franklin earned the Dave McClain Big Ten Coach of the Year as selected by the conference’s media. This is the fifth time Penn State’s coach won the award with Joe Paterno taking the honor three times and Bill O’Brien getting it in 2012.

Franklin coached Penn State to its best regular season record since 2009 and its best conference finish since 2008 on the way to a Big Ten East title.

On special teams, kicker Tyler Davis earned All-Big Ten first team honors on the coaches’ selection and All-Big Ten Second Team honors on the media’s selection. Davis holds the school record for most consecutively-made field goals and is 21 of 23 on field goal attempts this season. Freshman punter Blake Gillikin earned All-Big Ten honorable mention. Long snapper Tyler Yazujian was a Big Ten sportsmanship selection.

On defense, a handful of Nittany Lions earned All-Big Ten honors. Garrett Sickels was named to the second team by the coaches and third team by the media. Evan Schwan, Jason Cabinda, and Marcus Allen were named to the third team by the coaches. Brandon Bell, Parker Cothren, and John Reid were given honorable mentions.

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