Freiermuth, Gonzalez, Hamler Headline Penn State's All-Big Ten Offensive Honorees

By Matthew Filipovits on December 5, 2019 at 11:53 am
Sep 29, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Pat Freiermuth (87) during the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium. Ohio State defeated Penn State 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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After revealing the All-Conference defensive honorees earlier in the week, the Big Ten has released the All-Big Ten offensive selections for the 2019 season, with seven Nittany Lions earning recognition.

Tight end Pat Freiermuth, wide receiver KJ Hamler, and offensive guard Steven Gonzalez all earned second-team honors from both the coaches and the media. Hamler was also an honorable mention as a return specialist.

Quarterback Sean Clifford and offensive linemen Michal Menet and Will Fries were named honorable mentions by both the coaches and media while running back Journey Brown earned honorable mention accolades from the media.

Freiermuth built on a stellar freshman campaign, finishing his second season with 41 catches for 468 yards and 7 touchdowns. He was Penn State's most consistent pass catcher and has already tied the school record for career touchdowns receptions by a tight end.

Hamler was once again the Nittany Lions' biggest playmaker. The sophomore led the team in catches (58), receiving yards (858), and receiving touchdowns (8). Defenses continually threw everything they could at the speedster, but just could not slow him down with any consistency.

Gonzalez, along with Menet and Fries, anchored a much-improved offensive line in his third season as a starter. The Nittany Lions offense ranked third in the Big Ten in scoring while rushing for nearly 175 yards per game.

Clifford ranked fourth in the Big Ten in passing yards per game in his first season as Penn State's starting quarterback. He finished the regular season throwing for 2,521 yards, 22 touchdowns, and just 6 interceptions. He also added 374 yards and 5 scores on the ground.

Brown was not the full-time starter at running back until the final month of the season but still led the Nittany Lions with 688 yards and 10 scores on the ground. More than half of those yards came in the last four games of the season, setting him up for a huge 2020 season.




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