Fiesta Bowl Media Day Highlights
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Gameday is drawing closer as Penn State took to the field one last time for practice this afternoon. Prior to the practice, nearly the entire team as well as all Nittany Lion coaches participated in the Fiesta Bowl media day event.
Spanning an entire hotel ballroom, the team was divided up based on academic majors, with a few Nittany Lions taking spots around the room at podiums.
Penn State head coach James Franklin kicked off the event, taking to the podium to field questions from a variety of reports. Upon receiving a question about who media members might want to get to know a little better, Franklin noted that’s actually part of what’s so special about college football.
“You’ve got so many kids from so many different backgrounds and perspectives,” Franklin said. “To me, probably the most valuable guys in our program are the guys that you don’t know anything about. The guys that make the program run, the guys that allow us to practice the way we want to practice, the guys that sacrifice so much with their name not being in the newspaper, with them not scoring touchdowns. But we talk all the time about every single person in our program has a significant role that impacts this team.”
NITTANY LION FB BANQUET HELD
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. – Paul Hornung Award winner and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) and All-Big Ten honorees safety Marcus Allen (Upper Marlboro, Md) and quarterback Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va.) were among the award winners at State College Quarterback Club’s annual banquet honoring the Penn State football team.
Winner of the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year, Running Back of the Year, Kick Return Specialist of the Year and Silver Football awards, Barkley was selected the Nittany Lions’ Most Valuable Player. A first-team All-Big Ten honoree, Allen was honored as the Most Valuable Defensive Player, while the Nittany Lions’ record-setting quarterback and All-Big Ten second team honoree McSorley was selected Penn State’s Most Valuable Offensive Player.
BARKLEY WINS HORNUNG AWARD
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. – Junior running back Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) has been selected as the Paul Hornung Award winner for the most versatile player in college football. He is the first Penn State player to win the honor and the second-straight Big Ten student-athlete (Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers). Barkley will be recognized at the annual Paul Hornung Award Banquet in Louisville, Kentucky on March 7, 2018.
“It is an honor to win an award like the Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player in college football,” Barkley said. “I am so appreciative of Mr. Hornung and the Louisville Sports Commission for selecting me for this very special honor. I have to give a lot of the credit to my teammates and coaches, they are the reason that I am in position to win this award and I could not have done it without them. I also want to thank our amazing fans at Penn State. We Are!”
BARKLEY CLAIMS SECOND-STRAIGHT SILVER FOOTBALL
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. – Junior running back Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) garnered his second Chicago Tribune Silver Football award, given to the league’s best player, it was announced today. He is the fifth player since the award’s inception in 1924 to claim the honor twice, joining the elite list of Minnesota’s Paul Giel (1952-53), Ohio State’s Archie Griffin (1973-74), Indiana’s Anthony Thompson (1988-89) and Ohio State’s Braxton Miller (2012-13).
Barkley has already collected several honors this season, winning the Paul Hornung Award for college football’s most versatile player and dominating the Big Ten Conference major awards, winning 2017 Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, 2017 Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year and 2017 Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year. He is also a finalist for three other national awards – Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. The winner of those awards will be announced this evening.
NO. 10 FB TO 66-3 ROUTS MARYLAND
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Quarterbacks Trace McSorley and Tommy Stevens were responsible for seven of Penn State’s (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) nine touchdowns, as the Nittany Lions earned their largest Big Ten win ever with a 66-3 rout of Maryland (4-8, 2-7 Big Ten) in the regular season finale for both teams Saturday afternoon on Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.
The 66 points scored and 63-point margin of victory were both Big Ten records for the Nittany Lions, as they earned their 10th win of the season to mark the first time since the 2008 and 2009 seasons that they posted back-to-back 10-win seasons.
PENN STATE-MARYLAND GAME NOTES
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. – Penn State football’s 2017 regular season concludes Saturday, as Penn State makes its first trip to Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium since 1993 to face Maryland with coverage set to begin at 3:30 p.m. on BTN.
Penn State and Maryland are playing for a fourth consecutive year since Maryland joined the Big Ten Conference in 2014. Two meetings have taken place in Happy Valley (2014 & 2016), while the 2015 contest was held in Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.
Leading by Example
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State wide receiver Juwan Johnson can just about always be found on the field post-practice surrounded by seniors DaeSean Hamilton and Mike Gesicki.
It’s a roughly two-year routine, originally started around spring ball and something Gesicki joked about earlier this week, wondering who Johnson might select to join him next year. It begins with pass-catching but each session ends with 20 contested catches and wet ball drills.
In an emotional start to a damp and chilly evening at Beaver Stadium Saturday, Penn State honored its 23 seniors and their families pregame.
Nittany Lions did not disappoint on the special day, sending the 2017 seniors out with an emphatic 56-44 win against Nebraska for a second consecutive undefeated season at home, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in more than 30 years.
BARKLEY SETS PENN STATE TD RECORD IN 56-44 WIN OVER NEBRASKA
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Running back Saquon Barkleyand quarterback Trace McSorley scored three touchdowns each as Penn State (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) totaled 609 yards of offense in a 56-44 victory over Nebraska (4-7, 3-5 Big Ten) in Big Ten football action Saturday afternoon in Beaver Stadium.
Penn State extended its home winning streak to 14 games, completing its home schedule with a second consecutive perfect 7-0 record for its first back-to-back undefeated home seasons since 1985 and 1986.
FANS INVITED TO BTN TAILGATE AND NISSAN HEISMAN HOUSE ON SATURDAY
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s Senior Day contest presented by the Penn State Alumni Association against Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 18 will provide fans with an opportunity to be a part of two touring college football programs.
For the first time, BTN Tailgate will originate from Happy Valley, airing live Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon on Big Ten Network. The program will be located just outside Gate A at the Bryce Jordan Center, adjacent to Penn State’s Fan Fest on Curtin Road. BTN Tailgate is hosted by Dave Revsine, with analysts Gerry DiNardo, Stanley Jackson and former Nittany Lion NFL first round selection Anthony “Spice” Adams. Michelle McMahon is the program’s reporter.
Nebraska Luncheon Event Players – Nick Eury and Justin Weller