Penn State Football

12 Penn State players earn All-Big Ten honors on defense, special teams

Senior safety Marcus Allen and all-purpose threat Saquon Barkley led the way for Penn State among the All-Big Ten team’s defensive and special teams honorees Tuesday morning.

The all-conference team’s offensive players will be announced Wednesday, and individual awards will be released Thursday.

Allen was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and a second-team pick by the media, while Barkley was a unanimous first-team selection as a kick returner. Allen (65 tackles, second on team) and Barkley (two touchdowns, 10th nationally in return average) were joined by 10 other Nittany Lions on the Big Ten’s defensive and special teams lists.

Jason Cabinda, who guides the team with 84 stops, was a second-team and honorable mention selection by the coaches and media, respectively. Cornerback Amani Oruwariye — Penn State’s leader with four interceptions — was a second-team pick on both lists. Defensive end Shareef Miller was named a third-teamer by the media, and the following were defensive honorable mentions: safety Troy Apke, cornerback Christian Campbell, defensive tackles Parker Cothren and Curtis Cothran, and cornerback Grant Haley.

On special teams, punter Blake Gillikin was dubbed the conference’s second-teamer by both coaches and media. Punt returner DeAndre Thompkins was a second- and third-team pick by the coaches and media, respectively.

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