O'Brien named Maxwell Club's COY

December, 19, 2012
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Bill O'Brien reeled in another coaching honor on Wednesday by becoming the Maxwell Football Club's Coach of the Year, according to a Penn State spokesman.

O'Brien's name has been a fixture on award lists since he helped Penn State overcome the sanctions and move on to a surprising 8-4 record. Despite losing 10 offensive starters, O'Brien's up-tempo offense thrived under a former walk-on, third-string fullback and backup wideout.

The offense averaged about 10 points more a game in 2012, and the secondary overcame depth issues during a season when the Nittany Lions rebounded from two opening losses.

O'Brien's newest award might not be his last either. The first-year head coach is also a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year and the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year.

He was a nominee for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, but Notre Dame's Brian Kelly picked up that honor.

Josh Moyer | email

Penn State/Big Ten reporter

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