Once again, Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes has been honored for his standout freshman season.
The latest, his sixth such postseason award, was being named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America team.
He was previously recognized by the Sporting News, CBSsports.com, Phil Steele’s College Football, FOXSports/Scout.com and CollegeFootballNews.com.
Tight end Kyle Carter joined Barnes on five of those freshman All-America teams.
Barnes was selected the Big Ten Thompson-Randel El Freshman of the Year. He also was the ESPN.com and BTN.com Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Curtis Enis was the last Penn State Big Ten freshman of the year in 1995.
Barnes led the Nittany Lions with six sacks (sixth in the Big Ten) and 10 tackles for loss. He was tied for fourth in the league with three forced fumbles. Playing in every game, Barnes made 26 tackles and had one pass breakup.
He was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week after recording five tackles and a sack in Penn State’s 34-7 victory over Navy. He made a season-best six tackles with three tackles for loss at Nebraska.