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Nittany Notes: Volleyball, football pick up awards

UNIVERSITY PARK – The Penn State sports teams are quiet this week as they take part in final exams, but accolades continue to roll in for both the football and volleyball squads.

Here’s the latest: Junior running back Saquon Barkley and senior tight end Mike Gesicki each earned All-America honors from the Sporting News on Tuesday. Barkley was selected as the first-team athlete, while Gesicki was the second-team selection at tight end.

Looking back: Fiesta Bowl History, Part I

(Editor’s note: Over the next few weeks, we will take a chronological look back at Penn State’s history in the Fiesta Bowl. Today, we look back at the 1977 Fiesta Bowl, which was the Nittany Lions’ first appearance at the bowl).

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State’s first appearance in the Fiesta Bowl came in 1977.

Barkley nets another honor: AP first-team

UNIVERSITY PARK – As Penn State readies for the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30, the accolades continue to roll in for running back Saquon Barkley.

On Monday, Barkley was selected as an Associated Press first-team All-American. He was selected as an “all-purpose player.”

The first-team running backs chosen were Stanford’s Bryce Love and San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny. Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor and Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson were second-teamers, while Southern California’s Ronald Jones and Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary were named to the third team.

Nittany Notes: Lions hold annual awards banquet

UNIVERSITY PARK – Although the 2017 Penn State football season isn’t in the books just yet, the year-end banquet was held on Sunday night by the State College Quarterback Club.

Here are the big winners: Junior running back Saquon Barkley was selected as the Nittany Lions' team MVP. Quarterback Trace McSorley was selected as the most valuable player on offense. Defensively, Marcus Allen was named the MVP of the defense. The Alumni Achievement Award went to safety Mark Robinson. He runs the Safety Harbor Montessori Academy with his wife, Haley.

More awards for Penn State's Barkley

UNIVERSITY PARK – The broken record continues to play, but Penn State fans don’t mind one bit.

Saquon Barkley picked up another honor on Thursday. This one came from Sports Illustrated, which selected him as first-team all-purpose talent and a second-team running back. Beating Barkley out for the top running back slots were Bryce Love of Stanford and Rashaad Penny of San Diego State.

SI had an explanation for being on the first-team in one category, but not in the other.

Barkley captures Hornug, AP Awards

UNIVERSITY PARK – It’s been a big day for Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

The junior picked up a couple more awards on Wednesday, winning the Paul Hornug Award and winning the AP’s Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Award.

Barkley is the first Penn State player to win the award and second consecutive from the Big Ten. The award went to former Michigan player Jabrill Peppers in 2016.

Column: Barkley all class, on and off the field

UNIVERSITY PARK – Saquon Barkley didn’t get an invite to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York this weekend.

Finalists for the prestigious award were announced on Monday night. They are: Quarterback Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), quarterback Lamar Jackson (Louisville) and running back Bryce Love (Stanford).

When Penn State started the season undefeated, many of the experts believed that Barkley would run away with the Heisman, but a couple of losses and some pedestrian performances pushed Barkley down the list and eventually out of the running.

Penn State falls short vs. Wisconsin

UNIVERSITY PARK – Tony Carr’s potential game-winning 3-pointer missed right as Penn State dropped its conference home opener to Wisconsin, 64-63, Monday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Nittany Lions’ struggled offensively on the night, shooting just 2-for-14 from behind the 3-point-line.

Carr, who is the team’s leading scorer, was held to just 16 points in the game, with 14 coming in the second-half.

Sophomore Mike Watkins led the Nittany Lions in scoring with 22 points.

Not much history between Penn State and Washington

UNIVERSITY PARK – When the bowl matchups were announced on Sunday afternoon and it was revealed that Penn State’s opponent would be the University of Washington, did you sit and scratch your head trying to remember the history of the series?

If so, you weren’t alone.

If it seems like Penn State and Washington hardly ever meet, it’s because they rarely do.

In fact, the teams have met just twice in the history of the schools – and we’re guessing you weren’t around for the first meeting.

Penn State headed to Fiesta Bowl

UNIVERSITY PARK The Penn State football team is going bowling.

That's no surprise. We've known that for quite some time. Today, it was revealed that Penn State (10-2) will take on Washington (10-2) in the Fiesta Bowl at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30 in Glendale, Ariz.

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