The Big Ten Conference began handing out its end of the year awards on Monday. Several Nittany Lions earned honors in the first wave of awards. Wide receiver Allen Robinson, defensive lineman DaQuan Jones and offensive lineman John Urschel all earned recognition on the all-conference teams for their efforts in 2013.
Robinson put together another spectacular season and showed that he is one of the top receivers in the entire country. He finished his junior season with 97 receptions for 1,432 yards and six touchdowns. He currently has 177 catches in his Penn State career, two behind Deion Butler, the school’s leader in that category. For a second-straight season, Robinson was named the Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year in the Big Ten.
The honors keep rolling in with Robinson, as he was also announced as a First Team All-Big Ten selection, another honor that he earned last season.
Senior offensive lineman John Urschel is also a First Team All-Big Ten selection for the second year in a row. Defensive lineman DaQuan Jones was the lone honoree on the defensive side of the ball. The senior tackle was named a First Team All-Big Ten selection on the conference coaches list. The media list had Jones as a Second Team selection.
The conference will finish announcing its awards on Tuesday. Its’s then that quarterback Christian Hackenberg is likely to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He won the Freshman of the Week award five times this season. The fifth time was just announced on Monday after his masterful performance in the upset victory at Wisconsin.
In a time of no post-season play, it’s nice to see several Nittany Lions being awarded for their efforts during a hard-fought season.
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