Four Penn State Football student-athletes have been selected All-Big Ten in voting by the conference coaches and media, with one Nittany Lion standout earning a prestigious individual honor. Senior Mike Hull (Canonsburg) leads the Nittany Lions’ contingent, as he was selected the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year.
A trio of Penn State Football student-athletes have been selected the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society for the 2009 season. Nittany Lion punter Jeremy Boone (Mechanicsburg), linebacker Josh Hull (Millheim) and kick snapper Andrew Pitz (Bettendorf, Iowa) were selected for the honor. The past two years, Penn State has led all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams in first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans. During the 2009 season, three Nittany Lions repeated their Academic All-America accolades: Hull, Pitz and junior Stefen Wisniewski (Bridgeville). Hull and Pitz become the seventh and eighth Nittany Lions to earn first team Academic All-America honors twice.
For the second consecutive year, the Penn State Football program is at the head of the class in ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America selections. Three Nittany Lions have repeated their Academic All-America accolades on the 2009 team: senior linebacker Josh Hull (Millheim), senior kick snapper Andrew Pitz (Bettendorf, Iowa) and junior center Stefen Wisniewski (Bridgeville). Hull and Pitz were 2008 first team honorees and Wisniewski was a second team selection last year.
Four members of the Penn State football team have been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Football Team. The Nittany Lions' total is second-highest in the nation among Football Bowl Subdivision teams. The group is led by three Nittany Lions who earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors in 2008. Senior linebacker Josh Hull (Millheim) and senior kick snapper Andrew Pitz (Bettendorf, Iowa) were first team Academic All-Americans and junior center Stefen Wisniewski (Bridgeville) was selected a second team Academic All-American last year. They are joined on the 2009 Academic All-District team by senior punter Jeremy Boone (Mechanicsburg), who earns the honor for the second consecutive year.
Penn State senior linebacker Josh Hull (Millheim) is among the candidates for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's Scholar-Athlete Fellowship and the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy), presented to the nation's premier college football student-athlete. A two-year starter on one of the nation's most talented and productive defenses, Hull is a candidate to become Penn State's 16th NFF Scholar-Athlete recipient, the last being linebacker Paul Posluszny in 2006. The fifth-leading tackler in the Big Ten Conference this season, Hull owns a 3.56 cumulative grade point average in environmental systems engineering.