Happy Valley Odds and Ends

    Penn State named its award winners for the 2010 football season tonight at the annual State College Quarterback Club's banquet at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

    Wide receiver and co-captain Brett Brackett won the Outstanding Senior Player Award. Brackett caught more passes -- 37 -- than he did in his previous three combined seasons. He was second on the team in receptions, yards (497) and touchdowns (5). Brackett also has served for two seasons as president of Penn State's Uplifting Athletes Chapter and has been one of the primary organizers of Penn State Lift for Life benefitting the Kidney Cancer Association.

     Senior guard Stefen Wisniewski, who had to miss the dinner to attend the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame event in New York, wherer he was named a national scholar athlete, won two awards. He received the Richard Maginnis Memorial Award as outstanding offensive lineman, and the Nittany Lion Club Academic Achievement Award as the senior with the highest grade-point average, a 3.91.

    Other winners were:

    John Bruno Jr. Memorial Award (outstanding special teams member): Senior kicker Collin Wagner.

    Ridge Riley Award (sportsmansihp, scholarship, leadership, friendship): Senior linebacker Chris Colasanti.

    Robert B. Mitinger Jr. Award (character, courage and social responsibility): Senior wide receiver Graham Zug.

    Outstanding Walk-On Award: Senior tight end Jonathan Stewart.