Now it is time to honor the Assistant Coach of the Year. Here are the candidates:
Tom Bradley, Defensive Coordinator
Coach Bradley led another stingy defense which allowed an average of 306 yards per game and is ranked 17th natioanlly. His defense boasting several All-Big Ten selections, All-Americans and a Butkus winner.
Galen Hall, Offensive Coordinator
With the zone blocking scheme clicking this year and a new spread offense implemented, Hall transformed the PSU passing game thanks to a crop of freshmen receivers. Although the passing offense got most of the attention, the 13th ranked rushing offense average 219 yards per game.
Larry Johnson, Defensive Line
Coach Johnson's defensive line led All-American defensive end Tamba Hali and All-Big Ten defensive tackle Scott Paxson only surrendered an average 99.1 yards on the ground this season, which ranked them 12th in the nation.
Jay Paterno, Quarterbacks
Coach Paterno helped to transform Michael Robinson from a wide receiver/running back into a Big Ten MVP and Heisman Candidate. Robinson also became the first player to pass and run for 1,000 yards in a career at Penn State.
Ron Vanderlinden, Linebackers
Coach Vanderlinden led the resurgence of Linebacker U. with Butkus and Bednarik Award winner Paul Posluszny. leading the charge. He has built a unit with incredible depth and talent, which was instrumental in the team's success the year.
The NitPick Awards are the only honors given to Penn State's football program by the fans of the Nittany Nation. Voting is conducted exclusively at FightOnState.com.