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Ji’Ayir Brown Named Penn State Football’s 2022 Team MVP

The State College Quarterback Club held its annual banquet Sunday to honor Penn State football’s 2022 squad.

The team handed out several awards to recognize some of the standouts on James Franklin’s roster. Veteran safety Ji’Ayir Brown was awarded overall Most Valuable Player as well as the Captain’s Award and Iron Lion Award. Brown totaled 66 tackles, three sacks and interceptions apiece, and two forced fumbles in the regular season.

Meanwhile, freshmen running backs Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen split the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player award. Singleton rushed for 941 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Allen rushed for 830 yards and nine touchdowns.

On the other side of the ball, cornerback Joey Porter Jr. earned defensive MVP. Porter, who declared for the 2023 NFL Draft, totaled 27 tackles and 11 pass breakups en route to earning first-team All-Big Ten honors this season. Porter is projected to be a first-round draft pick.

Quarterback Sean Clifford was also heavily recognized at the banquet. The Cincinnati native took home the Captain’s Award as well as the Lions Pride Outstanding Senior Player Award.

The full list of awards is below:

  • Captain’s Award — S Ji’Ayir Brown, QB Sean Clifford, DT PJ Mustipher, OL Juice Scruggs, LS Chris Stoll, LB Jonathan Sutherland
  • Public Service Award — DT Dvon Ellies
  • Devlopmental Squad Special Teams Player of the Year — WR Jan Mahlert
  • Developmental Squad Defensive Player of the Year — LB Keon Wylie, DE Jake Wilson
  • Developmental Squad Offensive Player of the Year — OL Jim Fitzgerald, WR Jan Mahlert
  • Outstanding Run-ON Award — LB Dominic DeLuca, RB Tank Smith
  • Dick Maginnis Memorial Award (Outstanding OL) — OL Olu Fashanu
  • Reid Robinson Award (Outstanding DL) — DE Adisa Isaac, DE Chop Robinson
  • Iron Lion (Strength & Conditioning Award) — S Ji’Ayir Brown
  • Tim Shaw Thrive Award (Student-athlete who has overcome adversities and been an inspiration to fellow teammates) — OL Bryce Effner, DT PJ Mustipher
  • Bob Mitinger Memorial Award (Ultimate Teammate) — TE Brenton Strange, LB Curtis Jacobs
  • Ridge Riley Memorial Award (Core Values Award) — OL Juice Scruggs, LB Jonathan Sutherland, WR Mitchell Tinsley
  • Highest Academic Average (Cumulative GPA) — WR Jan Mahlert
  • Nittany Lion Club Award (Senior with highest GPA) — P Barney Amor
  • John Bruno Memorial Award (Outstanding Special Teams) — WR Malick Meiga
  • Most Valuable Offensive Player — RB Nick Singleton, RB Kaytron Allen
  • Most Valuable Defensive Player — CB Joey Porter Jr.
  • Team Most Valuable Player — S Ji’Ayir Brown
  • Lions Pride Outstanding Senior Player Award — QB Sean Clifford, DT PJ Mustipher, DE Nick Tarburton
  • Quarterback Club Award — S Sebastian Costantini, FT Alex Furmanek, LB Charlie Katshir, TE Grayson Kline, K Jake Pinegar, LB Cody Romano, S Jaden Seider, CB Marquis Wilson
  • Keystone Award — LB Abdul Carter, CB Kalen King, OL Juice Scruggs

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