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Six Nittany Lions Earn All-Big Ten Offensive Honors

Six Penn State football stars were named to All-Big Ten Offensive squads Thursday.

Tight end Pat Freiermuth was a First Team selection by the coaches, while offensive linemen Will Fries, Mike Miranda, Michal Menet, and Rasheed Walker were all either Second or Third Team selections, or received an honorable mention.

Lastly, star wide receiver Jahan Dotson was a Third Team selection by both the coaches and media.

Freiermuth elected to get shoulder surgery a few weeks after an injury sustained in the Ohio State game, so he only played in four games this season. However, the junior tight end still made his presence felt in his shortened campaign.

The Massachusetts native hauled in 23 catches worth 310 yards and a touchdown this year. That score came on Penn State’s first drive of the season against Indiana, and now leaves Freiermuth one ahead of Mike Gesicki for most career scores by a tight end in program history (16).

Freiermuth’s Nittany Lion career before his junior campaign also speaks for itself, as he racked up a nice 69 catches for 875 yards through his first two seasons. While he has yet to announce a decision, many expect the big pass-catcher to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft after this season wraps up, as he’s been considered a first-round caliber pick by many.

As for Penn State’s offensive line, the group has had a OK season thus far. The Nittany Lions’ rushing attack has come on of late, as they’re now averaging 164.5 yards per game on the ground. Sean Clifford has been sacked 18 times this season, but he and Will Levis have gotten much better protection from the big guys up front during this three-game winning steak.

Experience is clearly the key for the group, as Menet and Fries are both redshirt seniors while Miranda is a redshirt junior. Walker is in his third season in Happy Valley as a redshirt sophomore.

Dotson has had himself a strong season for the Nittany Lions as a reliable pass-catcher. He currently has 46 receptions worth 695 yards and six scores, and burst onto the scene on special teams of late. This past weekend the wideout had eight catches for 108 yards, while he also electrified the Nittany Lions with an 81-yard punt return touchdown.

Penn State and its offensive weapons have a chance to play some more football this weekend. Illinois will travel to Happy Valley as part of the Big Ten’s week nine “Champions Week.” That game will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and be broadcast on FS1.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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