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Odrick Named Big Ten Defensive Player Of Year

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The All-Big Ten football team was announced tonight live on the Big Ten Network. Penn State's six first team honorees were tied with Iowa for first among all conference schools. The Nittany Lions' nine overall honorees were second to the Hawkeyes' 11.

Four Nittany Lions were selected to the first team offense: Clark, senior tackle Dennis Landolt (Burlington, N.J.), junior tailback Evan Royster (Fairfax, Va.) and junior center Stefen Wisniewski (Bridgeville). Royster and Wisniewski were second team all-conference in 2008. Odrick was selected to the first team defense for the second straight season, as was junior linebacker Navorro Bowman (District Heights, Md.).

Three Penn Staters earned second team All-Big Ten honors: senior punter Jeremy Boone (Mechanicsburg), senior linebacker Josh Hull (Millheim) and senior linebacker Sean Lee (Pittsburgh). Boone earned first team all-conference accolades in 2007, while Lee was a second team choice two years ago. The 2009 co-captain missed last season with a torn ACL.

Six Nittany Lions earned honorable mention all-conference recognition, five of whom will return for the 2010 season: sophomore safety Drew Astorino (Edinboro), sophomore defensive end Jack Crawford (Longport, N.J.), sophomore cornerback D'Anton Lynn (Celina, Texas), sophomore wide receiver Derek Moye (Rochester), junior defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu (Staten Island, N.Y.) and senior tight end Andrew Quarless (Uniondale, N.Y.).