Penn State Football

Penn State football: Michael Mauti named top senior at awards banquet

Penn State linebacker and co-captain Michael Mauti was named the team’s Most Valuable Player at the State College Quarterback Club’s annual banquet honoring the Nittany Lion football team on Sunday.

Mauti is the fourth linebacker to be selected Penn State’s Outstanding Senior Player since the award’s inception in 1978, joining All-Americans Shane Conlan (1986), Paul Posluszny (2006) and Dan Connor (2007).

A semifinalist for the 2012 Butkus Award, Mauti was the only Big Ten player ranked in the top 10 in the conference in tackles (7th, 96), interceptions (4th, 3) and forced fumbles (3rd, 3). He also led the Big Ten in interception return yards (125). Mauti had 4.0 tackles for losses, 2 1/2 sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two pass break-ups. He started the initial 11 games before suffering a knee injury on Nov. 17 that ended his season.

Other award winners were:

Coaches’ Award (senior that exhibits pride, dedication, commitment and exemplary leadership in addition to outstanding performance) to linebacker Gerald Hodges and cornerback Stephon Morris.

Football Letterman’s Club Joe and Sue Paterno Post-Graduate Scholarship ( to a senior to provide recognition and financial assistance for graduate school) to long snapper Emery Etter.

Reid-Robinson Award (outstanding defensive lineman) to tackle Jordan Hill and defensive end Sean Stanley.

John Bruno, Jr. Memorial Award (outstanding member of special teams) to running back Derek Day and linebacker Michael Yancich.

Ridge Riley Award (senior for “sportsmanship, scholarship, leadership and friendship”) to defensive end Pete Massaro and quarterback Matt McGloin.

Richard Maginnis Memorial Award (outstanding offensive lineman) to tackle Mike Farrell and center Matt Stankiewitch.

Robert B. Mitinger, Jr. Award (senior who exhibits courage, character and social responsibility) to running back Michael Zordich.

Outstanding Run-on Award (Run-on player who exemplifies total commitment, loyalty, hard work and courage) to long snapper Michael Fuhrman to tight end J.R. Refice

The Nittany Lion Club Academic Achievement Award (senior with highest GPA) to quarterback Shane McGregor (3.85 GPA).

Quarterback Club Special Awards to Mark Arcidiacono, Joe Baker, P.J. Byers, Cody Castor, Andree Dupree, Jacob Fagnano, Patrick Flanagan, Frank Figueroa, Brian Irvin, Christian Kuntz, Evan Lewis, James Terry, Jamie Van Fleet, Garrett Venuto and Mike Wallace.

In addition to the player awards, former Nittany Lion All-America linebacker Jack Ham was presented the Alumni Athlete Award.