O'Brien, Mauti earn ESPN.com honors
December, 10, 2012
By Josh Moyer | ESPN.com
Bill O'Brien was named ESPN.com's Coach of the Year, and Michael Mauti earned a spot on the accompanying All-America team.
O'Brien's award comes on the heels of an improbable 8-4 season in which he helped pull together a university reeling from unprecedented sanctions. The coach quickly gained the loyalty of his players, and his offensive mind helped PSU overcome the loss of 10 offensive starters and the transfers of Silas Redd and Justin Brown.
Another reason this Penn State team stuck together was Mauti, who was often called the heart and soul of the defense. Mauti said he'd run through a brick wall for O'Brien, and opposing running backs often felt they had to run through a brick wall to get past Mauti.
The fifth-year senior finished with 96 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles in 11 games. Even when he became seriously injured, he still attended team meetings and his teammates honored him by placing a "42" sticker -- Mauti's number -- on the side of their helmets against Wisconsin.
Including Mauti, five players were also named to ESPN.com's All-Big Ten team.
Sophomore wideout Allen Robinson, tight end Kyle Carter and center Matt Stankiewitch represented the offense, while Mauti and defensive tackle Jordan Hill were selected on defense.
Click here to see the All-America team, and click here to see the All-Big Ten team.
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State