Thursday, February 11, 2016

Mauti named National Defensive Player of the Week


Mauti was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday after helping Penn State's defense limit Illinois to just seven points on Saturday

Mauti named National Defensive Player of the Week

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Penn State fans know how important Mike Mauti is to the Nittany Lions' success. Now the senior linebacker is getting recognized on the national stage.

Mauti was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday after helping Penn State's defense limit Illinois to just seven points on Saturday.The linebacker was credited with 0.5 sacks, six tackles and two interceptions.

Mauti's first pick, at the end of the first half, set a school record when he returned the ball 99 yards to the Illinois one yard line. The second pick, late in the third quarter, led to a Penn State touchdown.

Mauti ranks second in the Big Ten with 26 solo tackles this season.

 -Emily Kaplan

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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