Penn State's Journey Brown and Micah Parsons Named to AP All-Bowl Team

By Nick Polak on January 9, 2020 at 5:14 pm
Dec 28, 2019; Arlington, Texas, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Journey Brown (4) holds up the most outstanding offensive player trophy after the game against the Memphis Tigers at AT&T Stadium.
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After their dominant performances in Penn State's Cotton Bowl win over Memphis, running back Journey Brown and linebacker Micah Parsons were both named to the AP All-Bowl Team for their efforts.

Here's what the AP had to say about each selection.

Journey Brown, Penn State (Cotton): Brown rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns on just 16 carries in the 13th-ranked Nittany Lions’ 53-39 triumph over No. 15 Memphis. He scored from 32 and 56 yards away.

Micah Parsons, Penn State (Cotton): Parsons had seven solo tackles, seven assists, three tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups against Memphis.

Against Memphis, Brown and Parsons both played their best games of the season – a very positive omen when looking ahead to the 2020 season.

Brown had an especially strong finish to the 2019 season, rushing 78 times for 593 yards and nine touchdowns from November through the bowl game. He saved the best for last, however. Brown torched Memphis and their 35th-ranked defense per SP+ time after time, leading the way to what was a fairly comfortable Nittany Lion victory in the end.

In a game where both offenses put up more than 38 points, it's pretty amazing that the best player on the field was a defender. Micah Parsons is a pretty amazing player. Along with his 14 tackles (seven solo), and the other statistics listed above, he also just missed grabbing two interceptions. The second would have been an easy pick-six.

Both Brown and Parsons will be back next fall for what could be the final season for each. If this postseason performance is any indication, they could both be in for massive 2020 campaigns.

Only three other Big Ten teams had players named to the team. Iowa's AJ Epenesa (DL) and Ihmir Smith-Marsette (Kick Returner), Minnesota's Tyler Johnson (WR), and Michigan State's Kenny Willekes (DL) joined Brown and Parsons on the team.

Penn State and Iowa were two of six teams to have a pair of players named to the team. They joined LSU, Clemson, UCF, and Texas. No team had more than two players.