Four Penn State football players were named to the preseason All-Big Ten team by The Sporting News on Monday.
The Sporting News only selected one team and the Nittany Lions tied the Ohio State Buckeyes with the most selections.
Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Michigan State each had three players named to the team.
Penn State is represented on the preseason all-star squad by wide receiver Allen Robinson, tight end Kyle Carter, defensive end Deion Barnes and offensive guard John Urschel. The foursome have each garnered preseason laurels and been added to trophy watchlists respective to their positions.
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Robinson, a junior, led Big Ten receivers with 77 catches and 11 touchdowns last season. He was named a preseason candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the country’s top wideout. Robinson, from Southfield, Mich., returns as Penn State’s most dangerous downfield target and will look to lead a wide receiving corps that returns Brandon Moseby-Felder and Alex Kenney while Eugene Lewis and Matt Zanellato will challenge for playing time.
Carter enters his sophomore season looking to pick up where he left off before a wrist injury against Nebraska ended his breakout campaign. Carter was on pace to shatter single season school receiving records by a tight end and finished with 36 catches for 453 yards and two touchdowns. Penn State coach Bill O’Brien said he expects Carter to be fully recovered and participate in all levels of training camp when Penn State begins preseason practice on Aug. 5. Carter is a finalist for the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end.
Urschel and Barnes enter the fall as stalwarts on either side of the line of scrimmage. One of college football’s premier student athletes, Urschel has racked up 4.0 GPAs every season and is in the process of earning his second masters degree. He’s a nominee for the Outland and Lombardi trophies and is one of three returning starters along the offensive line that helped propel Zach Zwinak to a 1,000-yard rushing season last fall.
Barnes used his freshman season to terrorize opposing tackles and quarterbacks last season. He finished with six sacks and three forced fumbles and is a candidate for the Nagurski and Bednarik Awards, given to the top defensive player.