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Penn State Safety Troy Apke Wins NFLPA Bowl MVP

Former Penn State safety Troy Apke was named the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl’s MVP after his performance during today’s game.

Apke helped the National team shut out the American team by a final score of 23-0. He finished the game with a team-leading seven tackles and an interception, the latter of which he took for a 56-yard return. The Mount Lebanon, PA native was the only Nittany Lion to play in the NFLPA bowl, but he certainly represented the university extremely well with his performance.

Eight other departing Nittany Lions booked their places in postseason all-star games following Penn State’s 2017 campaign. Jason Cabinda, DaeSean Hamilton, Curtis Cothran, Parker Cothren, and Grant Haley represented the program for the East team in the East-West bowl on Saturday, while Marcus Allen, Mike Gesicki, and Christian Campbell will play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl.

The East team lost the East-West Bowl 14-10 in a tight, defensive affair; Cabinda, Cothran, Cothren, and Haley were all key cogs in the East’s strong defensive performance during the game.

You’ll be able to get one last glimpse of Marcus Allen, Mike Gesicki, and Christian Campbell before they test the NFL Draft waters in the Spring on Saturday, January 27 when the Reese’s Senior Bowl is broadcast on the NFL Network.

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In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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