Matt McGloin’s impressive senior season and unlikely rise to the top of the Big Ten has been recognized nationally.
He’s the winner of the third Burlsworth Trophy, given to the nation’s most outstanding football player who began his career as a walk-on.
McGloin broke nine Penn State records, including touchdown passes in a career (46) and a season (24), completions in a season (270), attempts in a season (446) and passing yardage in a season (3,266).
He led the Nittany Lions to victories in eight of their final 10 games and threw for at least 200 yards and a touchdown in all 12 contests.
McGloin won the Burlsworth over Michigan senior safety Jordan Kovacs and San Jose State senior tackle David Quessenberry.
In other Penn State award news …
Bill O’Brien already has already won one coach of the year award and just got closer to a second.
After being named coach of the year in the Big Ten, the first-year Penn State leader has been named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award by the Football Writers Association of America.
Other national coach of the year finalists: Gary Anderson (Utah State), Dave Doeren (Northern Illinois), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Will Muschamp (Florida), David Shaw (Stanford), Bill Snyder (Kansas State) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M).
The winner will be announced on Dec. 13.
O’Brien also is on the watch list for the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year.
Penn State senior Matt Stankiewitch is a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the nation’s top center.
A starter in all 25 games over the past two season, Stankiewitch is one of six finalists for the Rimington. The others are Mario Benavides (Louisville), Braxston Cave (Notre Dame), Dalton Freeman (Clemson), Khaled Holmes (USC) and Barrett Jones (Alabama).
Stankiewitch helped the Lions lead the Big Ten in total offense (437 yards per game) in Big Ten contests. The Academic All-Big Ten honoree is scheduled to graduate this month with degrees in management and advertising/public relations.
The Rimington Trophy winner will be announced Thursday evening.