FOS Player of the Week

With Penn State posting an impressive 40-3 victory over Central Michigan Saturday, the battle for Fight On State Player-of-the-Week honors was a clash of emerging players on opposite ends of the ball.

Tim Shaw, who has shifted from middle to outside linebacker, broke out of the gate strong with a substantial lead over Michael Robinson, Tamba Hali, Matt Rice and Deon Butler. His 10 tackles (eight of which were solo) led the team. He also pulled down two sacks, which had the Nittany Nation buzzing about the possibilities of the linebacker unit with his emergence and the return of Dan Connor.

Shaw ended up with 34.4 percent of the vote. Early on it appeared that he would win in a landslide, however the fans of redshirt freshman Deon Butler mounted a comeback and tossed the honor to the young wideout.

Butler received a stellar 41.7 percent of the fan vote thanks to his five-catch, 108-yard, two-touchdown performance on Saturday. With that effort Butler's numbers improved to seven catches for 181 yards (25.8 yards per catch) and three touchdowns on the season, which lead the team in both receiving yards and touchdown receptions.

As an interesting aside, despite the hype and focus on Penn State's defense through the off-season, the FOS Player of the Week honor has gone to an offensive player each of the first three games, with Tony Hunt, Robinson and now Butler winning the award.

The Fight On State Player of the Week is the first and only honor given to Penn State football players by the PSU fans.

See the full voting results here.


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