Senior linebacker Mike Hull was named Penn State’s Most Valuable Player at the State College Quarterback Club’s annual banquet on Sunday.
A total of 17 seniors, who stuck with the program through NCAA sanctions, were among the honorees.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these seniors, for the blood, sweat and tears you have given to this program,” Penn State Coach James Franklin said. “The sense of pride in Penn State in unbelievable…the brotherhood. The things that you do 5, 10, 20, 40 years from now are what we are going to be most proud of. You will forever be remembered; you stayed strong and laid the foundation.”
Hull, voted the Big Ten’s linebacker of the year, received the Outstanding Senior Player Award and team MVP. He is the fifth linebacker to receive the honor since its inception in 1978, joining first Shane Conlan (1986), Paul Posluszny (2006), Dan Connor (2007) and Michael Mauti (2012).
Hull also received the Defensive MVP. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg earned the Offensive MVP.
Placekicker Sam Ficken won the Bruno Memorial Award for outstanding member of special teams. Offensive guard Miles Dieffenbach received the Ridge Riley Award for the senior exhibiting “sportsmanship, scholarship, leadership and friendship.”
Center Angelo Mangiro was the Maginnis Memorial Award for outstanding offensive lineman. Safety Ryan Keiser received the Mitinger Award for the senior who exhibits courage, character and social responsibility at the Paterno Post-Graduate Scholarship of $5,000.
Tackle Anthony Zettel won the Reid-Robinson Award for top defensive lineman. Running back Cole Chiappialle and linebacker Von Walker received the top run-on honor. Defensive end Deion Barnes earned the Iron Lion Award for strength and conditioning.
Safety Adrian Amos and running backs Zach Zwinak and Bill Belton received special Quarterback Club honors. Defensive lineman Brad Bars received the Academic Achievement Award.
Other honores were:
Captains’ Award: safety Jesse Della Valle , Dieffenbach, Ficken, Hackenberg, Hull, Keiser and defensive tackle C.J. Olaniyan.
Highest Academic Average: fullback Brandon Smith
Public Service Award: Mangiro
Scout team Special Teams Player of the Year: fullback Dom Salomone
Scout team Defensive Player of the Year: tackle Antoine White
Scout team Offensive Player of the Year: running back Mark Allen
Football Support Staff member of the Year: P.J. Mullen, Director of Player Development.
In addition to the player awards former Nittany Lion defensive tackle Tyoka Jackson was presented the Alumni Athlete Award.
Penn State (6-6) faces Boston College (7-5) at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 27 in the Pinstripe Bowl.