It might not be the same as discussing bowl scenarios and which warm climate you are hoping to visit over New Year’s, but the first Monday following the conclusion of Penn State’s 2012 football season did bring plenty of good news for our Bunch of F***ers.
Mr. Automatic, Sam Ficken was selected as the Big 10 Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in Saturday’s 24-21 overtime win against Wisconsin. Ficken was 3 for 3 on field goals, including his 37 yarder in OT that ended up being the game winning score. Following the disastrous 1 for 5 Virginia game, Ficken rallied to maked 13 of his next 16 kicks, including his final 10 of the season.
Senior DT Jordan Hill collected his second Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week award of the year for his dominant 12 tackle, 3 TFL and 2 sack performance on Saturday. Hill was almost unblockable at times, made even more impressive after it appeared he reinjured his knee in the second half. This is the fifth time a Nittany Lion defender has won the award this year. Hill previously won following the Iowa game. Michael Mauti took the honor home twice this year (Navy, Illinois) and fellow senior LB Gerald Hodges won for his play vs. Northwestern. Hill was selected as a team captain along with fellow seniors Matt McGloin, Mike Yanich, Michael Mauti and Michael Zordich prior to the game.
Finally, Penn State was named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Team of the Week following Saturday’s dramatic overtime win. Penn State previously won the award in 2005 following the 17-10 upset victory over Ohio State and in 2008, again after beating Ohio State in Columbus. The Lions are also the first Big 10 team to win the award this season.
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