Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Penn State's Still left off All-America team

The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced it's All-America team Monday, and thought it may come as a surprise to many, Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still was not among those honored.

Penn State's Still left off All-America team

The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced it's All-America team on Monday, and though it may come as a surprise to many, Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still was not among those honored.

Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram and Texas defensive end Alex Okafor were chosen as the four All-American defensive linemen.

Still, who was chosen as the Big Ten's defensive player of the year and the conference's defensive lineman of the year over Mercilus and Worthy, voiced his discontent with being left off the All-America team via Twitter.

"That gotta b a joke," Still tweeted Monday from @Dev_Still71, his personal account.

The senior defensive tackle was the anchor of a Penn State defense that gave up the fifth least points per game in the country this season. Still, a finalist for the Bednarik Award and Nagurski and Outland Trophies, racked up 17 tackles for loss, tying him for fifth in the Big Ten. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound linemen tallied 55 tackles, including four sacks, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

Illinois' Mercilus led the Big Ten with 14.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss, and the junior defensive end forced an astounding nine fumbles this season. Michigan State's Worthy, who played in one more game than Still, Mercilus, Okafor, Worthy and Ingram, recorded 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and 25 tackles on the year.

Ingram recorded 8.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions this season for the Gamecocks, and Okafor had 14 tackles for loss, seven sacks and 53 tackles.

A list of the entire All-America team can be viewed here.

--Jake Kaplan

About this blog
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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