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Nittany Lions hand out team awards

Penn State football awarded its best players from the 2018 season. 

With the 2018 regular season in the books, head coach James Franklin and his team me Sunday evening for the annual State College Quarterback Club banquet to honor Penn State football. Several honors were awarded, including for the team’s best players. Quarterback Trace McSorley, running back Miles Sanders, cornerback Amani Oruwariye, and defensive end Shareef Miller all earned the highest recognition.

McSorley, the senior quarterback, was honored as Penn State’s MVP for 2018. He threw for 2,284 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Although his yards and touchdowns were down this season, he had a career year on the ground, rushing for 723 yards and 11 touchdowns.

With McSorley picking up the team MVP honor, junior running back Miles Sanders picked up the Most Valuable Offensive Player award. Sanders enjoyed a breakout season in 2018 after sitting behind Saquon Barkley for two years.

Sanders rushed 207 times for 1,223 yards and nine touchdowns. He also added 22 receptions for 132 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, two players, Miller and Oruwariye shared the Most Valuable Defensive player honor.

Miller was a force on the defensive line, racking up seven sacks and four quarterback hurries. He blossomed into a disruptive player who spent a lot of time in opponents’ backfields. Miller showed his potential and could be in line for a monster season last year.

Like Miller, Oruwariye also finally realized his potential in 2018. He tied for the team lead with three interceptions and led with 12 pass break ups. He also added a forced fumble.

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Penn State finished the regular season with nine wins and will look for number 10 on January 1 against Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl.

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