Cast Your Vote: PSU MVP (Defense)

Who were the Nittany Lions' best players in the 2013 season? We are letting the fans make the call. So make your pick for Penn State's top defender.

Penn State announced its Most Valuable Player for the 2013 season at the State College Quarterback Club's annual banquet earlier this month. 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 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).


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