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Two defensive players lauded for efforts


February 17. 2013 1:35AM


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Two Penn State football defensive players have been honored by the Big Ten Conference.


Senior linebacker Michael Mauti and redshirt freshman defensive end Deion Barnes were recognized for their efforts in Penn State's 34-7 win over Navy last Saturday.


Mauti was selected Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career and Barnes was named the conference's Co-Freshman of the Week for the first time.


Mauti previously earned Big Ten weekly honors after the Northwestern game in 2010.


Mauti led a defensive effort that resulted in forcing four turnovers, including one defensive touchdown, and holding Navy to just seven points and 4 of 15 on third down conversions to boost Coach Bill O'Brien to his first career win. Mauti posted a game-high 12 tackles (seven solo) for his fifth career game with 10 or more tackles and second this season. The Butkus Award candidate also recorded his first sack of the season (minus-21 yards) and had two tackles for loss (minus-26). He led a defensive effort that resulted in season highs of four sacks and nine TFL.


For the season, Mauti leads Penn State and is No. 3 in the Big Ten with 33 tackles (17 solo), with one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a pass break-up.


Playing in his third career game, Barnes shares his first Big Ten honor with Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld. Making his second start, Barnes recorded a season-high five tackles (three solo), including his third sack of the young season. He forced his second fumble of the year on a sack on a Navy fourth down play from the PSU 31-yard-line early in the third quarter with the Nittany Lions leading, 20-0.


Barnes is tied for second in the Big Ten with three sacks and tied for No. 1 in the conference with two forced fumbles. Barnes has seven tackles (five solo), with three sacks and two forced fumbles.



ILLINOIS KICKOFF ANNOUNCED: Penn State's Big Ten Conference opener at Illinois will kick off at noon on Saturday, Sept. 29.


ESPN or ESPN2 will televise the contest to a national audience from Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill., with a determination made after this week's games.


The Penn State-Temple game on Saturday, Sept. 22, will kick off at 3:30 p.m. in Beaver Stadium and be an ABC regional telecast that will air on ESPN2 outside the ABC coverage area. The Nittany Lions and Owls will be meeting for the seventh consecutive year and 42nd time overall.


The Penn State-Temple game will feature multiple events, including a reunion of Penn State's 1982 National Championship team and All-University Day. All fans are encouraged to wear blue for a Blue Out in Beaver Stadium, with donations being collected to benefit the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR). Follow BlueOut on Twitter for more information.


The other known kick times for Coach Bill O'Brien's Nittany Lions are:


Oct. 6, Homecoming game vs. Northwestern, noon, TV to be determined.


Oct. 20, at Iowa, 8 p.m., Big Ten Network.


Oct. 27, Penn State White Out vs. Ohio State, 6 p.m., ESPN/2.




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