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Oruwariye, Gross-Matos Named First-Team All-Big Ten

In total, eight members of Brent Pry’s defense received All-conference recognition

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After a fabulous closing stretch to the season, Amani Oruwariye and Yetur Gross-Matos were two of the eight Penn State players recognized with All-Big Ten defensive honors one Tuesday.

Oruwariye started all 12 games and was selected to the first team by both the coaches and the media. The senior potential first-round pick racked up 48 tackles and three interceptions while leading a Penn State secondary that was one of the best in the conference.

Gross-Matos, just a sophomore, was selected to the first team by the media and third team by the coaches. He recorded 54 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks, establishing himself as one of the best defensive ends in the nation down the stretch.

Also receiving honors was Shareef Miller who joined Gross-Matos on coaches third team and was all a third-team selection buy the media.

John Reid, Nick Scott, Kevin Givens, Robert Windsor and Micah Parsons were all honorable mention by the media, while Reid, Windsor and Taylor were also coaches honorable mention selections.

KJ Hamler also received honorable mention plaudits from coaches and media as a return man, while Nick Scott was awarded B1G Football Sportsmanship Award for the Nittany Lions.