Penn State Linebacker Micah Parsons Named First Team All-American by Pro Football Focus

By Nick Polak on December 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Oct 5, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Micah Parsons (11) reacts after a sack against the Purdue Boilermakers during the second half at Beaver Stadium.
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Fresh off of being named to the Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten first team, the advanced stats service named Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons a First Team All-American, as well.

Here's what PFF had to say about the selection –

Similarly to the aforementioned Wilson, Parsons was incredibly efficient no matter what the offense threw at him this season. While he was arguably the nation's best tackler at linebacker, he truly excelled in run defense where he led all linebackers with a 94.8 run-defense grade. He recorded 71 total tackles against the run and missed just six attempts while 35 of his solo tackles went as a defensive stop. He made 15 tackles for either a loss or no gain, forced a fumble and allowed just an average of 2.16 yards per tackle, one of the nation's top figures. Parsons also added an impressive set of blitzes as he got home with 21 total pressures on 78 pass-rushes including three sacks, six QB hits and 12 hurries.

In total, Parsons was an incredible three-down linebacker for the Nittany Lions and that went as far as not allowing a single touchdown in his coverage despite being targeted 32 times. He allowed a long reception of 25 yards and made three pass breakups to boot.

Parsons was an absolute monster in 2019, and both the traditional and advanced stats back that up. The Butkus Award finalist was the do-it-all dynamo that led one of the strongest defenses in the country. Also, as a fun reminder, he's only been playing linebacker for two seasons

Despite being just a true sophomore, Parsons has already established himself as one of the country's elite playmakers and looks to be in line for an earth-shattering junior season, one that could land him atop more than a few NFL draft boards in the near future.

Teammate Jan Johnson was listed as an honorable mention at the linebacker spot as well. The senior middle linebacker was the only other Nittany Lion honored.

The Big Ten conference as a whole was well represented.

PFF All-Americans From the Big Ten
Player Team Position Honor
Justin Fields Ohio State QB Second Team
JK Dobbins Ohio State RB Second Team
Jonathan Taylor Wisconsin RB Second Team
Rashod Bateman Minnesota WR Second Team
Tyler Johnson Minnesota WR Honorable Mention
Tyler Biadasz Wisconsin C First Team
Wyatt Davis Ohio State OG First Team
Jonah Jackson Ohio State OG Second Team
Kendrick Green Illinois OG Honorable Mention
Tristan Wirfs Iowa OT Second Team
Chase Young Ohio State EDGE First Team
Josh Uche Michigan EDGE Honorable Mention
Zack Baun Wisconsin EDGE Honorable Mention
AJ Epenesa Iowa EDGE Honorable Mention
Malik Harrison Ohio State LB Honorable Mention
Micah Parsons Penn State LB First Team
Chris Orr Wisconsin LB Third Team
Jan Johnson Penn State LB Honorable Mention
Antoine Winfield Jr Minnesota S First Team