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12 Penn State football players earn preseason All-Big Ten honors

12 Nittany Lion standouts were named All-Big Ten



Penn State football players, preseason All-Big Ten
Apr 15, 2023; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Drew Allar (15) signals during the first quarter of the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. The Blue team defeated the White team 10-0. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Today, numerous Penn State football players earned preseason All-Big Ten honors, as announced by Athlon Sports, who released their 2023 All-Big Ten football teams this morning. Out of the 12 Nittany Lions named, four were awarded preseason All-Big Ten status.

Four Penn State football players earn first-team All-Big Ten honors

Four Penn State football players achieved first team honors in this year’s preseason All-Big Ten awards, according to Athlon Sports. On offense, the sole first-team Nittany Lion is offensive tackle Olu Fashanu, who is expected to be a top player in college football and is considered one of the nation’s top 5 NFL Draft prospects for 2024.

In addition to Fashanu, three Penn State defenders were named first-team All-Big Ten standouts ahead of the 2023 season: Abdul Carter (linebacker), Kalen King (cornerback), and Chop Robinson (defensive end). These three players are facing incredibly high expectations, particularly Kalen King, who has been identified as a top 10 player in college football, regardless of position, leading up to the season.

Second team All-Big Ten

On the second-team list, three Nittany Lions made the cut — two on offense and one on defense. Starting off, sophomore running back and national standout Nick Singleton, a former five-star recruit, leads the way for Penn State’s second-team All-Big Ten roster, earning honors as both a running back and a kick returner. Joining Singleton on the offensive list is KeAndre Lambert-Smith, an exceptional wide receiver for the Blue and White, who is expected to develop into an elite presence this fall.

On defense, only one Penn State football player made the cut for the second team: defensive lineman Adisa Isaac.

Third team All-Big Ten

For the third-team All-Big Ten, only one Penn State football player made the list: running back Kaytron Allen. Allen may not receive as much attention as some of the other top performers in the conference, but he is equally as talented, if not better than some of the backs ranked above him. His playing style might not garner as much recognition, but his impact is undeniable.

Fourth team All-Big Ten

On the fourth-team All-Big Ten list, four more Nittany Lions were included — one on offense and three on defense.

Completing the offensive starters for Penn State football in the All-Big Ten team is true sophomore quarterback Drew Allar, a former five-star recruit, who is generating excitement as the quarterback who will finally elevate Penn State to the next level. Allar possesses an impressive physique and all the necessary skills to excel at Penn State; now, the young quarterback needs to prove himself on the field in 2023. Additionally, offensive lineman Caedan Wallace made the cut for the fourth-team All-Big Ten.

Defensively, another pair of Nittany Lions round out Penn State’s 12 preseason All-Big Ten selections: Curtis Jacobs (linebacker) and Keaton Ellis (safety). Both players are assuming larger roles this year, and if spring ball was any indication, the 2023 Penn State football defense is in good hands with these two individuals.

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