Four Nittany Lions Awarded Big Ten Honors By AP
The AP named its All-Big Ten team as well as handed out a slew of awards on Monday. Penn State was prominently featured following its comeback win against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday.
James Franklin won AP Big Ten Coach of the Year following a season where the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten and earned a spot in the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 2008 season. In his third year, Franklin became the first Penn State head coach other than Joe Paterno to produce an 11-win season.
Saquon Barkley also earned the distinction of AP Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. The sophomore running back led the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns and all-purpose yards. He was also awarded a spot on the AP All-Big Ten first team.
Trace McSorley and Tyler Davis earned spots on the AP All-Big Ten second team. The redshirt sophomore quarterback finished the season with a school-record 3,360 yards, which was also best in the Big Ten this year. The redshirt junior kicker hit 22 of 24 field goals for a Big Ten-best 91.7 success percentage.
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The Nittany Lions moved up one spot following their 33-28 victory over Indiana on Saturday.
Toney finished the game with four sacks, including a crucial one on the Hoosiers’ final drive of the game late in the fourth quarter.
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