Brandon Bell certainly made his last outing in Beaver Stadium count. The senior linebacker helped lead the Penn State defense in a 45-12 victory, in a game where the unit did not allow a touchdown and shutout the Spartans in the second half. For his effort, Bell has been named as the Walter Camp Football National Defensive Player of the Week.
Bell led the Nittany Lions with an 18-tackle effort that included 0.5 tackles for loss and a pass deflection. The Mays Landing, NJ native has been one of Penn State’s main vocal leaders, and his return from injury against Ohio State has helped contribute to a major turnaround for the young defense that continues to improve each week.
Bell is the first Penn State player to receive the award since 2012. The last time a Penn State player received the honor was another linebacker who oozed leadership- the now legendary Mike Mauti, who helped Penn State shut down Illinois in a 35-7 victory.