The honors keep coming for Penn State’s Mike Hull.
The senior linebacker was named a Third Team AP All-America on Tuesday, becoming one of 21 Nittany Lion players to receive the honor over the past decade.
Hull, the Big Ten’s Linebacker of the Year, was named a Second Team Selection by USA Today.
Hull, who was voted the Nittany Lions’ MVP on Sunday, led the conference with 134 tackles, averaging 11.2 per game. The co-captain had 10.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.
He was part of a defense that ranked first nationally in rushing defense (84.8 ypg), second in total defense (269.8 ypg) and eighth in scoring defense (17.7 ppg).
Hull, who will lead the Nittany Lions against Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27, ranks sixth on Penn State’s career tackles list with 288 and sixth with his 134 stops in a season. He graduated last May, earning a 3.30 grade-point average in finance.
Hull was one of 14 Big Ten players honored.
The conference had both of the starting backfield spots on the First Team. Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting, and Indiana’s Tevin Coleman received those honors. Coleman is the first Hoosier to be an All-America since running back Vaughn Dunbar was a First Team pick in 1991.
Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff also made the First Team on offense. Ohio State end Joey Bosa, who beat out Hull for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, was First Team on defense.
Nebraska tailback Ameer Abdullah, Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams and Maryland placekicker Brad Craddock made the Second Team offense.
Cornhuskers’ defensive end Randy Gregory, Ohio State tackle Michael Bennett, Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes and Spartans’ safety Kurtis Drummond joined Hull on the Third Team defense. Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, the only freshman to make any of the three teams, and Michigan State center Jack Allen made the Third Team offense.
The College Football Playoff participants were well represented on the teams.
Florida State leads the way with three First Team All-Americans: tight end Nick O'Leary, guard Tre Jackson and kicker Roberto Aguayo, who is an All-American for the second straight season. Aguayo is the first kicker to be a two-time All-American since Ohio State's Mike Nugent who won in 2002 and in 2004.
Oregon and Alabama each have two, including a couple of Heisman Trophy finalists.
Heisman winner Marcus Mariota is the first Ducks quarterback to be an All-American. He is joined by Ducks cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.
The second-seeded Ducks will play third-seeded Florida State on Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl.
Crimson Tide receiver Amari Cooper, third in the Heisman voting, made the First Team along with his teammate, safety Landon Collins. The top-ranked Tide will face fourth-seeded Ohio State and Bosa on New Year's Day in the Sugar Bowl.
Florida State also had the most players on the three All-America teams with six.
Washington joined Florida State with three players on the First Team. with all-purpose player Shaq Thompson, defensive tackle Danny Shelton and linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha. Thompson who playes on offense and defense finished with 456 yards rushing, 71 tackles and six total touchdowns, including four defensive scores.
Other First Team offensive players were: tackle Spencer Drago (Baylor), guard Laken Tomlinson (Duke), center Reese Dismukes (Auburn) and receiver Rashard Higgins (Colorado State).
Other First Team defensive selections were: end Vic Beasley (Clemson), tackle Malcon Brown (Texas), linebacker Scooby Wright III (Arizona), cornerback Senquez Golson (Mississippi), safety Gerod Holliman (Louisville) and punter Tom Hackett (Utah). Tomlinson became the first Blue Devils player selected since receiver Clarkston Hines in 1989.
The Pac-12 led the way with seven players on the First Team, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference with six. The Southeastern Conference and Big Ten each had four players, while the . The Big 12 had three.