It was a fitting finish for each player -- for two entirely separate reasons.
In the final week of the Big Ten season, senior defensive tackle Jordan Hill was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Week while sophomore kicker Sam Ficken was named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week.
For Hill, the honor solidifies a standout senior campaign. The 6-foot-1, 292-pound NFL prospect tallied a career-high 12 tackles in Penn State's overtime finale against Wisconsin. With linebacker Mike Mauti sidelined with a knee injury, Hill was a defensive sparkplug when the Nittany Lions needed it most - eight of Hill's tackles came in the fourth quarter or overtime.
For Ficken, the honor caps off a whirlwind season with a sense of validation. For the better part of this fall, the 19-year-old was the scapegoat for Penn State's early season struggles, including his 1-for-5 performance in the one-point loss against Virginia. Ficken began the season 2-for-8.