Coming off of Penn State’s first win of the season Saturday against Navy, senior linebacker Michael Mauti, and redshirt freshman defensive end Deion Barnes were both recognized with Big 10 weekly honors.
Mauti’s 12 tackle performance, which included 2 tackles for loss and a big 4th quarter sack, was good enough to earn Defensive Player of the Week honors from the league. Coming off a season ending ACL injury last season, Mauti has leads Penn State with 33 tackles on the season, which puts him third in the Big 10. This is the linebacker’s 2nd Big 10 weekly honor, the first coming in the 2010 Northwestern game, which never took place. After writing last week that Mauti has been very impressive in the early season, it’s great to see his play recognized.
Redshirt freshman Deion Barnes recorded his 3rd sack, and 2nd forced fumble of the season, as part of his 5 tackle performance en route to collection the Big 10 Freshman of the Week award, which he shares with Indiana QB Nate Sudfield. Barne’s 3 sacks place him in a 2nd place tie in the Big 10, and the 2 forced fumbles tie for 1st. Barnes appears well on his way to making last week’s proclamation a reality.
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