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STATE COLLEGE, Pa., December 4, 2001 -- Penn State's Jimmy Kennedy (Yonkers, N.Y.) has been selected to the First Team All-Big Ten Football squad.
Kennedy, a junior defensive tackle, was named to the Coaches' first team and the media's second team all-conference squad. Last year, he was an honorable mention All-Big Ten choice. Kennedy is PSU's first defensive tackle to gain first team All-Big Ten honors since Tyoka Jackson in 1993.
Several Nittany Lions were selected honorable mention All-Big Ten: junior defensive tackle Anthony Adams (Detroit, Mich.), senior cornerback Bruce Branch (Richmond, Va.), senior tight end John Gilmore (West Lawn, Pa.) and junior wide receiver Bryant Johnson (Baltimore).
A three-year starter, Kennedy made 51 tackles (30 solo), including eight hits for minus-21 yards, and 1.5 sacks this season. He also had one huge blocked field goal.
The former prep All-American at Roosevelt HS made a career-high 10 tackles (8 solo) with three TFL at Iowa, despite missing most of first half with back spasms. Against Ohio State, he blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt with 2:55 to play to maintain PSU's 29-27 lead in the win which made Joe Paterno Division I-A's all-time winningest coach with 324 victories. In the home finale with Indiana, Kennedy made eight stops, including one for loss, helping hold the Hoosiers and quarterback Antwaan Randle-El to 14 points and scoreless over the final 39 minutes of the game in the Lions' 28-14 win.
Penn State won five of its final seven games to finish with a 5-6 record. The Nittany Lions will return 16 starters (7 offense, 7 defense, 2 specialists) for the 2002 season.
(For the complete All-Big Ten teams, go to www.bigten.org)