Despite a tough loss in Michigan Stadium Saturday night (and this writer's lack of a voice), the rules say awards must still be given out. Penn State's defense was again stout, keeping PSU in the game despite 3 quarters of nothing from the offense, and short fields. Senior linebacker Mike Hull again lead the way for Bob Shoop's crew, and is this week's BSD MVP.
Hull made 8 solo stops, and assisted on 3 more, including a sack, and two more tackles for loss. Hull also was credited with a pass breakup, although that seems a bit short, as he was seemingly inches from a pick 6. After playing at noticeably less than 100% for much of 2013, Hull has become the anchor of a very good PSU defense.
Jordan Lucas - While he didn't take on the challenge solo, Lucas spent much of the night locked up on Michigan's top target, Devin Funchess. While Funchess did haul in a 43 yard TD pass (that seemingly went through Ryan Keiser), the big receiver was limited to just 6 other catches for 23 yards. Lucas was credited with 7 solo tackles, and 2 breakups.
Anthony Zettel - The junior defensive tackle from West Branch, Michigan can probably just take up permanent residence in the MVP voting. Zettel did not have the huge statistical day, but he was again a huge force in the center of the defensive line. Oh, and he had a great interception that set up the offense with a short field, and the Lions only TD of the day.