Cast Your Vote: PSU MVP (Offense)

Who were the Nittany Lions' best players in the 2013 season? We are letting the fans make the call, starting with the Penn State offense.

Penn State announced its Most Valuable Player for the 2013 season at the State College Quarterback Club's annual banquet Sunday. Senior defensive tackle DaQuan Jones took home the honor.

But you had to read the fine print to realize this particular MVP award can only go to a senior.

While we understand the spirit of that decision, we don't think it is very much fun. So this week, we will hold voting for Penn State's 2013 MVPs -- offensive, defensive and overall (we're not sure anyone would qualify on special teams) -- and include the best players regardless of class on our ballots.

We also think it is important for the real experts -- Penn State fans -- to have the primary say in our awards.

We start with the offense, which we're guessing will be a slam dunk for one player. But it will be interesting to see who finishes in second place.

And the candidates (in alphabetical order) are:


RB Bill Belton
Despite splitting time with Zach Zwinak, Belton carried 157 times for 803 yards and five TDs. He also caught 15 passes for 158 yards and two more scores.

QB Christian Hackenberg
The Big Ten Freshman of the Year completed 231 of 392 passes for 2,955 yards, 20 TDs and 10 INTs. He broke 10 PSU freshman passing records.

WR Allen Robinson
The two-time Big Ten Receiver of the Year and first-team All-American set PSU records with 97 catches for 1,432 yards. He ranks second all-time at Penn State in career catches (177) and third in receiving yards (2,474).

OG John Urschel
The two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick and Academic All-American was the leader of a line that improved as the season went along. The line allowed only three sacks in the final five games of 2013.

RB Zach Zwinak
Despite splitting time with Bill Belton, Zwinak carries 210 times for 989 yards and more rushing TDs (12) than the rest of the team combined.


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