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Who Won What At The Penn State Football 2016 Awards Banquet

Each year, Penn State holds an end of season awards banquet to celebrate the year that was together and honor certain members of its program for their accomplishments in 2016.

Roughly 700 attendees packed into the Penn Stater Conference Center on Sunday for a night of stories and awards.

Some of the major awards included the Lions’ Pride Outstanding Senior Player Award, which went to linebacker Brandon Bell for the greatest career contribution to Penn State football. Saquon Barkley, a one-time Heisman candidate this season, was honored with the team’s Most Valuable Player award after rushing for 1,302 yards and 16 touchdowns with one game left to play.

Quarterback Trace McSorley and defensive end Garrett Sickels won Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards for their 2016 performances, while the Captian’s Award went to Brandon Bell, Brian Gaia, and Von Walker.

Here’s a look at the rest of the awards handed out last night:

  • Dick Maginnis Memorial Award for an outstanding offensive lineman: C Brian Gaia
  • Bob Mitinger Memorial Award for a senior who exhibits courage, character, and social responsibility: LB Von Walker
  • Reid-Robinson Award for an outstanding defensive lineman: DE Evan Schwan
  • Iron Lion Award for outstanding strength and conditioning: OT Derek Dowrey
  • John Bruno Memorial Award for outstanding special teams play: K Tyler Davis
  • Outstanding Run-on Award: Tom Devenney
  • Quarterback Club Special Awards: S Malik Golden, OT Paris Palmer, and CB Jordan Smith
  • Football Letterman’s Club Joe and Sue Paterno Post-Graduate Scholarship (a $5,000 scholarship): WR Gordon Bentley
  • The Nittany Lion Club Academic Achievement Award: LS Tyler Yazujian
  • Highest Academic Average: WR Gordon Bentley
  • Public Service Award: OT Charlie Shuman
  • Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year: WR Josh McPhearson
  • Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year: DE Shaka Toney and CB Desi Davis
  • Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year: OT Alex Gellerstedt and RB Irvin Paye
  • Football Support Staff member of the Year: Video Director Jevin Stone

Next up for Penn State: a trip to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2.

About the Author

David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]


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