Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Nittany Lions rule the Big Ten

The All-Big Ten conference football team was announced on the Big Ten Network last night and Penn State was well represented to say the least.

A school record 10 members of Penn State's Big Ten Championship football team have been selected first team All-Big Ten, with a record total of 14 Nittany Lions being recognized on the first or second team in voting by the conference coaches and media.

In addition, Joe Paterno has been named Dave McClain Coach of the Year and senior center A.Q. Shipley (Coraopolis) was selected Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Six Nittany Lions were selected to the first team offense: Shipley, senior tackle Gerald Cadogan (Portsmouth, Ohio), junior quarterback Daryll Clark (Youngstown, Ohio), senior placekicker Kevin Kelly (Langhorne), senior guard Rich Ohrnberger (East Meadow, N.Y.) and senior wide receiver Derrick Williams (Greenbelt, Md.).

Four Nittany Lions were named to the first team defense: sophomore linebacker avorro Bowman (District Heights, Md.), sophomore defensive end Aaron Maybin (Ellicott City, Md.), junior defensive tackle Jared Odrick (Lebanon) and senior Safety Anthony Scirrotto (West Deptford, N.J.).

Four Penn Staters earned second team All-Big Ten honors: senior wide receiver Deon Butler (Woodbridge, Va.); sophomore tailback Evan Royster (Fairfax, Va.), senior cornerback Lydell Sargeant (Lompoc, Calif.) and sophomore guard Stefen

Seven Nittany Lions earned honorable mention all-conference recognition: junior punter Jeremy Boone (Mechanicsburg), senior cornerback Tony Davis (Warren, Ohio), senior defensive end Josh Gaines (Ft. Wayne, Ind.), junior tackle Dennis Landolt (Butlington, N.J.), senior wide receiver Jordan Norwood (State
College), senior safety Mark Rubin (Amherst, N.Y.) and senior linebacker Tyrell Sales (Butler).

Just sit back for a moment and let yourself imagine that defense next season with Maybin, assuming he doesn't go pro, and the entire line (minus Josh Gains), and the linebackers with Sean Lee in the middle next to Navarro Bowman. Think about that for a minute. If that doesn't send chills down your spin… well, you don't like defense as much as I do. I don't care that Penn State loses their entire secondary whoever steps in will only have to cover for a couple seconds.


drozz said...

laurinitis also got B10 DPOY, and 1rst team 'backer.

kind of puts a taint on the all-big ten honors. pun intended.

Galen said...

I've come to expect that Laurinitis will get all kinds of awards he doesn't deserve. After all, when you're the most overrated football player in the history of college football (and no I'm NOT using hyperbole when I say that) you expect that sort of thing to happen.