Penn State Linebacker Micah Parsons Named a First Team AP All-American

By Matt de Bear on December 16, 2019 at 5:09 pm
Oct 19, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Micah Parsons (11) reacts to a defensive play against the Michigan Wolverines during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The post season accolades keep on rolling in for star sophomore linebacker Micah Parsons. The Harrisburg native was named to two more All-American teams on Monday, first team linebacker by the AP, and second team by ESPN.

This is just the latest in a series of awards for Parsons. Since the end of the regular season, he has been named Big Ten Linebacker of the Year, a Butkus Award Finalist, first team All-Big Ten, and an All-American by Pro Football Focus, Bleacher Report, and The Athletic.

Parsons is the 101st Nittany Lion to be named a first team All-American, and the first since Saquon Barkley in 2017. Even more impressive, he is the first Penn State player to earn first team honors as a sophomore since another No. 11, LaVar Arrington, who did the deed in 1998. 

The former five-star recruit led Penn State in tackles (85) for the second straight year, including 10 tackles for loss and two sacks. He was also credited with three quarterback hurries, and three passes defended. 

With just two years of linebacker experience under his belt, the sky is the limit for Parsons.

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