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Big Ten honors Parsons with top LB award

From Mirror, wire reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State sophomore Micah Parsons claimed the Big Ten Butkus–Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year award on Tuesday night.

Parsons was joined on the All–Big Ten first team by junior defensive end Yetur Gross–Matos. Parsons is the third Nittany Lion to earn Linebacker of the Year laurels, joining Mike Hull (2014) and Michael Mauti (2012).

Joining Parsons and Gross — Matos on the All-Big Ten defensive team are junior defensive end Shaka Toney (second team — coaches, honorable mention — media), senior defensive tackle Robert Windsor (third team — coaches, honorable mention — media), senior linebacker Cam Brown (third team — coaches, honorable mention – media), junior cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields (honorable mention — coaches, third team — media), senior linebacker Jan Johnson (honorable mention — coaches and media), senior safety Garrett Taylor (honorable mention – coaches and media), senior cornerback John Reid (honorable mention — coaches and media) and junior safety Lamont Wade (honorable mention — coaches and media).

On special teams, Blake Gillikin (honorable mention — coaches and media), KJ Hamler (honorable mention — coaches and media) and Jake Pinegar (honorable mention — coaches and media) all earned All-Big Ten honors. Hamler was selected as a kick returner.

Gillikin is Penn State’s sportsmanship selection.

In other news, Ohio State defensive end Chase Young was selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

No. 2 Ohio State boasts the country’s No. 1 defense, with Young leading the way. The junior has a school-record 16½ sacks — the most by a Big Ten player in 21 years — and 30½ in three seasons. Young was also named Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day was chosen Coach of the Year by media, while Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck was picked by the Big Ten’s coaches in voting announced Tuesday by the conference. Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield Jr. (defensive back) won for the secondary. Offensive awards will be announced today.

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