Six Nittany Lions honored on All-Big Ten first team

Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson (8) catches a pass over Indiana cornerback Brian Williams (7) for a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Six Penn State players were named Monday night to the 2012 All-Big Ten teams as selected in separate balloting by conference coaches and by media covering the league.

In addition, two Nittany Lions -- senior linebacker Michael Mauti and sophomore wide receiver Allen Robinson -- were voted the best at their positions. 

Mauti, Robinson and senior defensive tackle Jordan Hill were named first-team all-conference by both the coaches and the media.

Two offensive linemen, senior center Matt Stankiewitch and junior guard John Urschel, made the coaches’ first team while redshirt freshman Kyle Carter earned a first-team nod at tight end from the media.

Mauti, who missed the Nittany Lions’ final game because of a knee injury, was voted the Big Ten’s linebacker of the year, an award named after Dick Butkus and Pat Fitzgerald. Robinson won the award as conference wide receiver of the year, named after Pat Richter and Desmond Howard.

Senior linebacker Gerald Hodges, a former star at Paulsboro (N.J.) High School, was named second-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media. Stankiewitch and Urschel made the second team on the media’s squad.

Mauti ranked among the conference leaders in tackles with 8.64 per game, along with three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

Robinson, a sophomore, enjoyed a breakout season with 77 catches for 1,013 yards and 11 touchdowns, leading the conference in all three categories.

Carter was one of eight Nittany Lions to be named honorable mention, making the list on the coaches’ team.

Senior quarterback Matt McGloin, senior cornerback Stephon Morris, senior offensive tackle Mike Farrell, sophomore cornerback Adrian Amos and redshirt freshman defensive end Deion Barnes (of Philadelphia’s Northeast High) earned honorable mention status from the coaches and the media.

Senior defensive end Sean Stanley and sophomore tailback Zach Zwinak were tabbed honorable mention by the media.