At the start of the season, it was unknown if Tyler Davis would be the team’s starting placekicker. It didn’t take long to realize that he was the most accurate Nittany Lions kicker in recent memory.
Davis has been named as first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches after converting 91.3 percent of his field goals on the season by connecting on 21 of 23 attempts. He also converted on all 50 of his extra point attempts to lead the team with 113 points during the regular season. The only two missed field goals were the results of blocked attempts. Davis was named second-team All-Big Ten by the media.
Davis took over as the team’s starting kicker late in the 2015 season, and responded by going a perfect eight-of-eight on field goals and 11-of-11 on extra points.
Garrett Sickels was named as second-team defensive end by the coaches and third-team by the media. The redshirt junior finished with 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks as part of a deep Nittany Lion defensive end rotation. Defensive end Evan Schwan, who contributed 7.5 tackles for loss and six sacks, was recognized as third-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media.
Middle linebacker Jason Cabinda and safety Marcus Allen, who led the team in tackles with 90, were also named third-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and were tagged as honorable mention by the media. Linebacker Brandon Bell, cornerback John Reid, defensive tackle Parker Cothren and punter Blake Gillikin rounded out the honors for the Nittany Lions as honorable mention selections.