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Penn State Football All-Decade Second-Team Defense

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Let’s take a look at the players who just missed the cut for our first team defense!

As a reminder, this is our All-Decade First-Team Defense

DE: Deion Barnes

DE: Shareef Miller

DT: Jordan Hill

DT: DaQuan Jones

Defense end was probably the biggest challenge, and I’m sure many people are upset with the selections, but having the conference Freshman of the Year with Barnes and a huge disrupter with Miller isn’t too shabby. Inside, picking Hill and Jones, both of whom were All-Big Ten, was a no-brainer.

LB: Mike Hull

LB: Jason Cabinda

LB: Brandon Bell

Nyeem Wartman-White came very close to making this list, but these three were very much numbers four, five, and six behind the first-team selections. Hull led the Big Ten in tackles his senior year and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, while both Cabinda and Bell were named All-Conference as well. All of them possessed both athleticism and strength, necessary traits for outstanding members of LBU.

CB: Amani Oruwariye

CB: Grant Haley

S: Garrett Taylor

S: Christian Campbell

Amani was another easy pick as the group’s only First Team All-Big Ten selection. He also brings some length to the position, something lacking in the Atlanta native next to him. With that said, Haley was also a slam dunk, given his versatility, closing speed, and his ability to double as a return man. At safety, two converted cornerbacks were the choices. Taylor and Campbell both ended their careers on a strong note, as they were named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten. I realize that Campbell was a cornerback, but I like having him at CB, so....yep.

P: Alex Butterworth

Unlike the previous decade, where Penn State had two outstanding punters in Jeremy Kapinos and Jeremy Boone, the beginning of the 2010’s was a little slim in the pickings. With that said, Alex Butterworth was the clear selection,. Butterworth finished his career in Happy Valley, booting five punts over 50 yards as a junior, and three as a senior, including a 66-yarder.

Returner: KJ Hamler

I mean...c’mon. Do I need to explain?