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Penn State's Bill O'Brien named top coach, Mike Mauti a first team All-American per ESPN AT&T

Bill O'Brien took home another piece of hardware on Saturday -- and there still could be more to come.

Penn State's Bill O'Brien named top coach, Mike Mauti a first team All-American per ESPN AT&T

Penn State head coach Bill O´Brien talks with the media after a 24-21 overtime win over Wisconsin in an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien talks with the media after a 24-21 overtime win over Wisconsin in an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Bill O'Brien took home another piece of hardware on Saturday -- and there still could be more to come.

Penn State's rookie head coach was named the AT&T ESPN Coach of the Year. O'Brien, the Big Ten Coach of the Year, is a finalist for several other awards including the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year and the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year. He is also on the watchlist for the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year.

O'Brien led the bowl-ineligible Nittany Lions to an 8-4 finish. 

ATT&T ESPN also released its All-American teams, which includes Penn State senior linebacker Mike Mauti on the first team. Mauti was one of four linebackers chosen, and the only one from the Big Ten. 

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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