Three Penn State football players earned All-Big Ten honors and nine others were named as honorable mentions, the conference announced Monday.
Junior wide receiver Allen Robinson won his second straight Richter-Howard Award as the Big Ten’s top wideout after he set Penn State single-season records for receptions (97) and receiving yardage (1,422). Robinson also was voted to the first team offense by both the coaches and media.
After his win was announced, Robinson broke his nearly month-long silence and briefly discussed his future.
Robinson, who has a year of eligibility remaining, is on pace to graduate early and is being pegged as a first- or second-round pick by many NFL Draft analysts. CBSSports.com lists Robinson as the fifth-best wideout that could be available in May.
“I’m going to go home over Christmas break, talk to my family and try to figure it out,” Robinson told the Big Ten Network.
Robinson was joined on the All-Big Ten first team by senior offensive guard John Urschel, who was selected by coaches for the second time and first time by the media. Senior defensive tackle DaQuan Jones was voted a first-teamer by coaches and was elected to the second team by the media.
Urschel, one of the nation’s premier student athletes, was elected one of Penn State’s co-captains along with Jones. Urschel holds one Master’s degree and is working on a second. He is a two-time CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American. He also was Penn State’s honoree for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Jones led the team in tackles for loss with 111/2 and finished with three sacks. He’s on pace to graduate in May.
Freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg, junior cornerback Adrian Amos, senior linebacker Glenn Carson, senior center Ty Howle, sophomore tight end Jesse James, sophomore cornerback Jordan Lucas, junior defensive end C.J. Olaniyan, sophomore offensive tackle Donovan Smith and junior kicker Sam Ficken were all honorable mention All-Big Ten selections.
Also on the list for Big Ten individual award winners were Quarterback of the Year Braxton Miller and Running Back of the Year Carlos Hyde of Ohio State; Tight End of the Year Devin Funchess and Offensive Lineman of the Year Taylor Lewan of Michigan; Defensive Lineman of the Year Shalique Calhoun and Defensive Back of the Year Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State; Linebacker of the Year Chris Borland of Wisconsin; Kicker of the Year Jeff Budzien of Northwestern; and Purdue’s Cody Webster as the Punter of the Year.
For the fifth time this season, Hackenberg also was honored as the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week.
The quarterback completed 21 of 30 passes for 339 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday’s 31-24 win over No. 14 Wisconsin to close the regular season.
Hackenberg’s five Big Ten Freshman of the Week selections are the most for a conference player since 2010, when Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was honored six times.
For the season, Hackenberg was 231 of 392 for 2,955 yards, with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was second in the conference in completions, one touchdown off the lead in touchdowns and his yardage total was the third-best single season in Penn State history.
He ranks No. 2 in the Big Ten in completions (231), his 20 touchdown passes are one off the Big Ten lead, and he is 0.5 yards from being No. 2 in passing (246.2 ypg).