Robinson and Urschel Earn More First-Team Honors; Hackenberg Named BTN.com Freshman of the Year
Robinson continues ascension of Penn State leaderboard; Zwinak becomes 16th Nittany Lion with at least 10 touchdowns in a season
Robinson named first team, Barnes, Carson and Urschel earn second team nods from Phil Steele
Nittany Lion season-opener set for Aug. 31 at MetLife Stadium
Blue-White Game set for Saturday at noon on BTN
Penn State Football vs. Illinois
When members of the Nittany Lion defense were asked last spring about younger players who had made a strong impression during winter conditioning and the 15 spring practices, one name consistently came up -- defensive tackle Austin Johnson. A strong and tough player, Johnson made his presence known on the Dirty Show during his redshirt season, helping preparing the offensive line for the rigors of the Big Ten campaign. In his first game in Beaver Stadium, he recorded a game-high-tying five tackles, with two sacks, to help the defense post the win in the Blue-White game. Johnson has excellent drive and physical attributes and will be a primary challenger for a starting assignment next to senior DaQuan Jones. He played at St. Augustine Prep, which produced former Nittany Lion defensive end Jack Crawford, a 2012 NFL Draft choice who plays with the Oakland Raiders. Johnson is one of eight returning players from New Jersey.
2012 (Freshman Season)