Welcome to the annual FOS Penn State Player of the Year Awards.
Much like our weekly Player of the Game laurels, these are the original PSU Player of the Year honors voted on by the most important people in the Nittany Nation -- you, the fans.
Please peruse the regular-season bios of the candidates and then click on the link to vote on our FREE forum. If you feel we missed a deserving candidates, vote for Write In and add the name (and the reason you think he deserves to be honored) in the thread.
WR DaeSean Hamilton
With a bowl game remaining, Hamilton's 75 catches are already more than twice as many as the previous PSU freshman record (37, Deon Butler in 2005), and his 848 yards are already a rookie record and the 12th-most in school history. He has led the Big Ten in receptions all season and his 5.8 grabs per game lead all rookies nationally. He is only the second Nittany Lion to have more than 70 catches in a season (Allen Robinson did it twice). He won second-team All-Big Ten honors.
QB Christian Hackenberg
Only a sophomore, Hackenberg's 5,561 career passing yards and 5,399 total yards already rank fifth in school history. With one game to go, his 2,606 passing yards this season are a school record for a sophomore and rank sixth in school history.
RB Bill Belton
Belton has 705 total yards, including 518 on the ground and 187 through the air. He is the team's second-leading rusher and leads the Lions with six rushing TDs, including a school-record 92-yarder. He is fourth on the team in receiving.
TE Jesse James
James is third on the team with 35 catches for 369 yards and a team-high three touchdowns. His 11 career touchdowns are already a school record for a Penn State tight end.