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 ballot.
We started with the offense, where WR Allen Robinson won in a landslide. Now it is on to the defense.
And the candidates (in alphabetical order) are:
LB Glenn Carson
Carson led the Lions with 90 tackles to go along with four tackles for loss, three pass breakups and a sack. He started 36 of his final 37 games at PSU.
LB Mike Hull
Despite being slowed by a knee injury that caused him to miss two games, Hull finished second on the team with 78 tackles. He also had 4.5 tackles for loss, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
DT DaQuan Jones
The first-team All-Big Ten pick led Penn State with 11.5 tackles for loss. He also had 56 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery.
CB Jordan Lucas
Lucas' 16 passes defended were five more than anyone else on the team. He tied for the PSU lead with three interceptions (for a program-best 37 return yards). He was also Penn State's third-leading tackler (65) and paced the Lions in solo stops (45).
DE C.J. Olaniyan
Olaniyan had a breakout season, with a team-best five sacks to go along with 50 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four QB hurries, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception (which he returned 33 yards).