Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien has been named the 2012-13 Big Ten Men's Coach of the Year following an outstanding first campaign for the Nittany Lions. O'Brien previously was named Bear Bryant Coach of the Year, as well as the Maxwell Football Club and ESPN Coach of the Year.
A trio of former Penn State football student-athletes have been selected to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society for the 2012 season. Seniors Mike Farrell (Pittsburgh), Pete Massaro (Newtown Square) and Matt Stankiewitch (Orwigsburg) were selected for the honor. Penn State's three honorees were tied for second-highest among Big Ten Conference institutions.
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has been selected the 2012 Bear Bryant Coach of the Year, earning his third national coaching honor.
Sponsored by the American Heart Association and Marathon Oil, the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year announcement was made Thursday (Jan. 17) night at the 27th annual event at the downtown Hyatt Regency. In his first season as head coach of the Nittany Lions, O'Brien was among six finalists for the 2012 Bear Bryant Coach of the Year.
The Bear Bryant Awards are named in honor of college football coaching legend Paul "Bear" Bryant and is voted on by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The first recipient of the award was Coach Joe Paterno after he led Penn State to the 1986 National Championship. Penn State and Auburn are the only schools with multiple recipients of the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award.
Defensive end Pete Massaro (Newtown Square) has become the third 2012 Penn State senior to accept an invitation to the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl. Massaro is the eighth Nittany Lion invited to play in a post-season game.
Massaro will join defensive end Sean Stanley (Rockville, Md.) and running back Michael Zordich (Youngstown, Ohio) at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The game is at 6 p.m. Jan. 19, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. ESPN2 will televise the contest.
A pair of Penn State's All-Big Ten honorees - linebacker Gerald Hodges (Paulsboro, N.J.) and center Matt Stankiewitch (Orwigsburg) have accepted invitations to play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game. The contest begins at 4 p.m. Jan. 19, in St. Petersburg, Fla. NFL Network will televise.
Hodges and Stankiewitch helped Coach Bill O'Brien's Nittany Lions earn an 8-4 overall record, with a 6-2 Big Ten mark, finishing second in the Leaders Division. The duo helped Penn State lead the Big Ten in total offense (437.0 ypg) in conference games and allow 17 points or fewer in six contests.
Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien met with members of the media Monday (Jan. 7) morning to wrap up the 2012 season, look ahead to the 2013 season and address the prior week's reported interest in him for NFL head coaching positions. Read on for the full transcript.
Penn State Football fans can secure their own permanent record of an unforgettable season under first-year coach Bill O'Brien by ordering the Penn State "One Team" 2012 football highlights DVD.
The two-disk DVD set has nearly four hours of content and can be ordered at www.GoPSUsports.com/store. It also will be available at Penn State bookstores and other retailers.
Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes (Philadelphia) has been selected to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America team, earning his sixth such recognition following a superlative redshirt freshman season.
Sporting News, CBSsports.com, Phil Steele's College Football, FOXSports/Scout.com and CollegeFootballNews.com previously named Barnes a first-team Freshman All-American. Penn State tight end Kyle Carter (Bear, Del.), a first-team All-Big Ten selection, joined Barnes on the five Freshman All-America teams.
Penn State tackle Mike Farrell (Pittsburgh) and defensive end Sean Stanley (Rockville, Md.) have accepted invitations to play in all-star contests, raising the number of Nittany Lions playing in post-season games to five.
Farrell has been invited to play in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Az. The contest will air at 9 p.m. Jan. 11 on ESPN3 (webstream).
Stanley will join Nittany Lion running back Michael Zordich in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl. The game will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. ESPN2 will televise the contest.
With 28 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. Top performances from week 17 of the 2012 season included Paul Posluszny's 10 tackles and two sacks, Michael Robinson's 10-yard touchdown reception and Bryan Scott's interception and four stops.
With 28 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. Top performances from week 15 of the 2012 season included Navorro Bowman's 11 tackles against the Patriots, Paul Posluszny's 10 stops against the Dolphins and Evan Royster's four-yard touchdown run.
Penn State offensive co-captains Matthew McGloin (Scranton) and Michael Zordich (Youngstown, Ohio) have accepted invitations to play in all-star contests. A record-setting quarterback, McGloin has been invited to play in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge. Zordich is set to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. They join defensive tackle Jordan Hill (Senior Bowl) as Nittany Lions selected to play in all-star games thus far.
Thirty-one Penn State student-athletes are scheduled to graduate during commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 22 on the University Park campus. Student-athletes representing 13 Penn State squads are on the approved to graduate list, including 10 members of the football team, four members of the women's swimming and diving squad and three members of the women's soccer and women's track and field teams.
Penn State fans continue to prove why they are regarded as the best in the nation as they flocked to Beaver Stadium during Bill O'Brien's first season as head coach.
For the 22nd consecutive season, Penn State's passionate and enthusiastic fans ranked among the Top Five in the nation in average home attendance. Led by an electric sellout throng of 107,818 for the primetime clash with Ohio State, the Nittany Lions averaged 96,730 fans during the 2012 campaign.
Penn State ranked fifth in average home attendance among the nation's 120 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams, according to the NCAA.
Highlighted by the women's soccer team's run to the NCAA College Cup final, the women's volleyball team advancing to the NCAA semifinals and five Big Ten Championships, the Nittany Lions' seven fall teams produced an outstanding 2012 campaign.
Penn State captured five fall Big Ten titles for the first time since 2005, with the Nittany Lion field hockey squad leading the way by capturing both the regular-season and tournament crowns. The men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball squads also claimed Big Ten regular-season championships during banner seasons. Since the 2005-06 campaign, Penn State ranks third in the Big Ten with 34 official conference championships.
Penn State, Maryland and North Carolina were the only Division I institutions to have two fall teams advance to their respective NCAA semifinals, with the Nittany Lions' women's soccer and women's volleyball doing so.