The Penn State football team produced another outstanding academic performance during the spring 2012 semester, with 34 squad members earning at least a 3.0 grade-point average. Among the 34 Nittany Lions above a 3.0 GPA, 15 earned Dean's List recognition by posting a 3.5 GPA or higher this past semester.
Seven Penn State football student-athletes have been invited to participate in the National Football League's 2012 Scouting Combine, among the nation's highest totals. The Nittany Lions participating in the event are: defensive end Jack Crawford (Longport, N.J.), cornerback D'Anton Lynn (Celina, Texas), wide receiver Derek Moye (Rochester, Pa.), cornerback Chaz Powell (New Freedom, Pa.), defensive tackle Devon Still (Wilmington, Del.), linebacker Nate Stupar (State College, Pa.), and guard Johnnie Troutman (Brown Mills, N.J.).
The Penn State football team produced another outstanding academic performance during the fall 2011 semester, with 38 squad members earning at least a 3.0 grade point average. Among the 38 Nittany Lions above a 3.0 GPA, 16 earned Dean's List recognition by posting a 3.5 GPA or higher this past semester.
Three more Penn State football student-athletes have accepted invitations to play in a pair of all-star games this week, bringing to 10 the number of 2011 seniors playing in the post-season.
Representing seven fall sports, 68 Penn State student-athletes were honored as Academic All-Big Ten honorees. Penn State's 68 honorees brings the Nittany Lions' all-time total to 3,852 during the 18 years of the program. Penn State's 68 honorees ranked fourth among the 12 Big Ten institutions. In addition, the women's volleyball team totaled eight honorees to tie for first with Illinois.
Penn State consensus All-American Devon Still (Wilmington, Del.) has been selected a Sporting News first-team All-American. The list of first-team All-America honors has reached 10 for the dominant defensive tackle. The 6-5, 310-pound senior previously had been selected a first-team All-American by: Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, SI.com, FoxSportsNext.com/Scout.com, Pro Football Weekly and Yahoo! Sports.
The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) has recognized the Penn State Football program for the Nittany Lions' Graduation Success Rate for the 21st time in the AFCA's annual Academic Achievement Award survey. The honorable mention recognition marks the 21st time the Nittany Lions have been recognized by the AFCA in the 25 years they have been eligible.
The Penn State football team has earned the top spot in the fifth annual Academic Bowl Championship Series rankings, as determined by New America Foundation's Higher Ed Watch. The Higher Ed Watch blog (2011 Academic Bowl Championship Series) ranked the teams in the final 2011 BCS standings and determined Penn State has the No. 1 academic program with 117 points, followed by Boise State (107), TCU (101) and Stanford (100).
Penn State students wishing to purchase tickets for the No. 22 Nittany Lions' match-up with No. 19 Houston in the TicketCity Bowl can do so during a special walk-up sale at the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office this Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m.-noon.
Penn State's dominant defensive tackle, Devon Still (Wilmington, Del.), has been named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation's 123rd All-America Team. Still was named to Walter Camp's first team, earning his second All-America honor this week after earning a spot on the CBSsports.com first-team Wednesday. The Walter Camp All-America Team is the nation's oldest.
Penn State punter/placekicker Anthony Fera (Cypress, Texas) has been selected to the list of candidates for the Ray Guy Award, presented to the nation's top punter.
Linebacker Gerald Hodges (Paulsboro, N.J.) has earned his second consecutive Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor after another dominating performance to lead the Penn State defense in a 10-7 Big Ten Leaders Division win over Illinois last Saturday. Hodges is the first Nittany Lion to earn back-to-back conference accolades since former Linebacker U standout Navorro Bowman did so in 2009 (vs. Indiana and Michigan State).
With 29 Nittany Lions on National Football League rosters, Penn State is well represented in the professional ranks. Each week throughout the year, www.GoPSUsports.com will provide updates on the exploits of these former Nittany Lion greats. Highlights from week eight of the 2011 season include a standout effort by Tamba Hali on Monday Night Football, another double-digit tackle performance by 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman, and a career day for Cleveland wide receiver Jordan Norwood. In other news, Pro Bowl candidate Sean Lee left the Cowboys' game versus the Eagles' late in the first quarter after sustaining a wrist injury.
Penn State senior DT Devon Still (Wilmington, Del.) has been named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented annually to the nation's defensive player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club. A first-team Mid-season All-American, Still has been a significant force as the anchor of Penn State's talented and productive defense. For the season, the co-captain ranks No. 2 in the Big Ten with 15.5 tackles for loss (minus-72) and is second on the team and seventh in the conference with four sacks. With 47 tackles, including 25 solos, Still ranks fourth among Nittany Lion defenders and also has registered one fumble recovery and a pass break-up.
Silas Redd's (Norwalk, Conn.) three-yard touchdown run with 1:08 left in the game propelled No. 19 Penn State to a 10-7 victory against Illinois at Beaver Stadium on Saturday evening. The Nittany Lions, the last undefeated team in Big Ten conference play, improved to 8-1 overall (5-0 Big Ten) with the Leaders Division win. With snow falling down on Beaver Stadium throughout the game, head coach Joe Paterno recorded his 409th career victory, moving him past Grambling's Eddie Robinson for most wins in NCAA Division I history. In the postgame media room, Tim Curley, director of athletics, and Penn State President Graham Spanier congratulated Paterno, who said he is honored to be in the same company as Robinson. For photos, visit http://live.psu.edu/flickrset/72157627882551529 online.