Earlier this week Penn State linebacker Brandon Bell was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and now the senior has been honored as the Bednarik Award's Player of the Week. Bell grabbed a team-high 19 tackles (eigh solo), one sack and one tackle for loss against Ohio State and was instrumental in PSU's massive defensive effort in the victory. Interestingly enough the Maxwell Club does not currently list Brandon Bell on the Bednarik Award watch list, but has his teammate Jason Cabinda listed.
Bell is not the only Nittany Lion player to be honored for their efforts in the win over the Buckeyes. Safety Marcus Allen and cornerback Grant Haley were each named Co-Special Teams Player of the Week for their joint effort to put the Lions ahead in the game. Allen blocked the Buckeye's late field goal attempt while Haley scooped up the blocked ball, running it back for the go-ahead score.
PSU players are not the only aspect of the Nittany Lion team that is rolling up honor. Penn State Head Coach James Franklin was honored as the Dodd Coach of the Week, defensive Coordinator Brent Pry was named Defensive Coordinator of the Week by Athlon Sports, while Sean Spencer was named Defensive Line Coach of the Week and Charles Huff as Special Teams Coach of the Week by Coaching Search.
Collectively the Nittany Lions were named as the Football Writers Association of America's Team of the Week as well.