Now, two Nittany Lion standout athletes are up for the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year honors. The winners of these honors will be honored along with Paterno at the 70th annual Dapper Dan Dinner and Sports Auction on Sunday, April 30, 2006 at the Hilton Pittsburgh.
Called Linebacker U.'s "best linebacker ever" by former Lion legend Jack Ham, Paul Poslsuzny has already made a lasting impact on Penn State. The 2005 season earned him the Butkus and Bednarik Awards and he was also named a consensus first-team All-American. A graduate of Hopewell High School, Posluszny was also the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette high school player of the year.
A Mt. Lebanon graduate, Walters just wrapped up a stellar career at PSU. The standout helped to lead Penn State volleyball to a 31-3 record and its third consecutive Big Ten title with a perfect 20-0 conference record. Walters was Big Ten defensive player of the year, first team All-Big Ten for the second time and an honorable mention All-American.
She too faces tough competition from the coach of Pitt's women's basketball team, as well as Olympian Jamie Silverstein.