Mauti, Barnes earn weekly Big Ten honors

September, 17, 2012
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Penn State's first victory resulted in a pair of Big Ten player honors this week.

Michael Mauti was named the conference's defensive player of the week, and Deion Barnes earned his first freshman of the week honor.

Mauti finished with a game-high 12 tackles -- two of which came behind the line of scrimmage -- and a fumble recovery. This was his second career player-of-the-week honor and Penn State's first since Gerald Hodges won the award on Oct. 31, 2011.

Barnes remains on pace for a memorable rookie season. He had a career-high five tackles against Navy and added another sack, which caused yet another fumble. He's tied for No. 2 in the Big Ten with sacks this season (3) and is tied atop the conference in forced fumbles (2). He shared the honor with Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld.

The last PSU freshman to win the award was quarterback Rob Bolden on Sept. 6, 2010.

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Penn State/Big Ten reporter

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