Hull wins Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year; four make All-Big Ten teams

December 02, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- 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. The conference’s leading tackler and All-America candidate also was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. Hull joins All-American Michael Mauti as recipients of the Big Ten Linebacker of the Year Award, giving LinebackerU two of the award’s initial four recipients.

Junior defensive tackle Anthony Zettel (West Branch, Michigan) also was selected first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. Hull and Zettel were named to the BTN.com All-Big Ten first-team on Sunday.

Senior placekicker Sam Ficken (Valparaiso, Indiana) was selected second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. Ficken broke the Penn State season field goal record with his 23rd successful field goal (in 28 attempts) Saturday against No. 10 Michigan State.

Redshirt freshman wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (Fredericksburg, Virginia) earned second-team all-conference accolades by the media. The Big Ten’s leading receiver all season, Hamilton was selected Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice this season, the second-highest total in the conference.

Seven of Coach James Franklin’s Nittany Lions earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten recognition, six of whom return for 2015: senior safety Adrian Amos (Baltimore), junior defensive end Deion Barnes (Philadelphia), junior tight end Jesse James (Glassport), sophomore defensive tackle Austin Johnson (Galloway, New Jersey), junior cornerback Jordan Lucas (New Rochelle, New York), junior center Angelo Mangiro (Roxbury, New Jersey) and junior cornerback Trevor Williams (Baltimore).

Senior safety Ryan Keiser (Selinsgrove) was named Penn State’s Sportsmanship recipient.

The All-Big Ten teams and several position awards were announced Dec. 2 during "BTN Live." Additional awards will be announced at 6 p.m. Tuesday on "BTN Live."

Penn State has had 43 first-team All-Big Ten selections since 2005 and 28 second-team honorees, for a total of 71 over the past 10 seasons. During the past three seasons, the Nittany Lions have had six individual Big Ten award winners, including Freshman of the Year Deion Barnes (2012) and Christian Hackenberg (2013).

Last Updated December 05, 2014