FOS NitPick Awards: 2005 Unsung Hero

We continue the 2005 FightOnState.com NitPick Awards with the Unsung Hero of the season. See which players made the candidate list and cast your vote for the Nittany Lions' Unsung Hero of 2005.

So far the Nittany Nation has named their Offensive and Defensive MVPs with two of Penn State's captains grabbing those honors, their Special Teams MVP, Rookie of the Year and Play of the Year:

  • Offensive MVP: Michael Robinson (92% of vote)
  • Defensive MVP: Paul Posluszny (58% of vote)
  • Special Teams MVP: Ethan Kilmer (77% of vote)
  • Rookie of the Year: Deon Butler (68% of vote)
  • Play of the Year: NW 4th and 15 (66% of vote)

    Now we turn our attention to the Unsung Hero of the 2005 season. Here are the candidates.

    Chris Harrell

    Overshadowed by Alan Zemaitis in the secondary, the senior safety not only returned from a neck injury that sidelined him in 2004, but quietly rolled up 86 tackles (48 unassisted), which was good enough for the No. 2 spot on the team.

    Offensive Line

    A unit that was expected to be average at best, the offensive line was perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the 2005 season, helping to gain 2,253 yards through the air and 2,415 yards on the ground.

    Scott Paxson

    Paxson was a consistent force on the defensive line, often handling double teams to open up opportunities for fellow linemen Tamba Hali and Jay Alford. Seeing starts in nearly every game, he ended up with 38 tackles (21 unassisted).

    BranDon Snow

    Returning to his natural position at fullback, Snow was instrumental in helping to pave the way for Tony Hunt's 1,047 yards. Although he only carried the ball nine times this season, three of those went for touchdowns.

    Tim Shaw

    Overshadowed by Paul Poslsuzny, Shaw was No. 3 in tackles on the team, pulling down 73 (43 unassisted) and 4.5 sacks. He was instrumental in a defensive unit that only allowed 99 yards rushing per game.

    Vote for your 2005 NitPick Unsung Hero

    The NitPick Awards are the only honors given to the Penn State program by the fans of the Nittany Nation. Voting is conducted exclusively at FightOnState.com.

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