Penn State is the first program to have a pair of Bednarik Award finalists in the 12 years the honor has been presented. Former Nittany Lion All-America linebacker LaVar Arrington won the Bednarik Award in 1999.
The winner of the Bednarik Award will be announced during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 7 on ESPN (7-9 p.m.). The award will formally be presented at the Maxwell Football Club's 70th Annual Awards Dinner on March 2, 2007 at Harrah's in Atlantic City, N.J.
A starter in the last 36 games, Posluszny is the school's career tackle leader (364) and the first Nittany Lion to earn three 100-tackle seasons. He has 108 takedowns (65 solo), with 7.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and four pass break-ups. He has led team in tackles eight times this season, including the last three games, and has an opportunity to become the first Penn Stater to lead the team in tackles three consecutive years.
Posluszny was selected Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for a conference record fifth time in his career after making 13 tackles and forcing a fumble against Illinois. He made a season-high 14 hits in a 13-3 loss at Wisconsin. Posluszny is also a finalist for the Lombardi, Butkus and Lott honors.
Junior 'backer Connor is in his second season as a starter and is second on the squad and fourth in the Big Ten with 103 tackles. He is tied for second on team with 8.5 TFL, is tied for third with 5.0 sacks (minus-39), leads with three forced fumbles (sixth in Big Ten), has two interceptions and one big safety on a sack vs. Illinois.
Jeremy Kapinos is one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award honoring the best punter in the nation. The winner will be announced on the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 7 in Orlando, Fla.
A four-year starter, Kapinos is Penn State's career leader in punts (247) and punting yardage (10,326). His 41.8 career average is tied for second at Penn State and he owns four of the top seven game averages in school history.