It’s been quite a week in Happy Valley.
Penn State toppled the No. 2 team in the nation, the Ohio State Buckeyes, in front of a White Out crowd at Beaver Stadium, in a dramatic comeback triumph. To the victors go the spoils, and that means a bunch of awards and recognition for one of the most surprising results of the 2016 football season.
Here’s a roundup of all the awards Penn State players and coaches collected this week:
— Brandon Bell was named Big Ten defensive player of the week, while Grant Haley and Marcus Allen were named co-Big Ten special teams of the week.
— Bell was named Bednarik Award player of the week, given to the national defensive player of the week by the Maxwell Football Club. He was also named the College Sports Madness defensive player of the week.
— The Football Writers Association of America named Penn State the team of the week.
— James Franklin was named the Bobby Dodd coach of the week.
— Defensive line coach Sean Spence and special teams coach Charles Huff were named among the assistant coaches of the week by Coaching Search.
— ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit named Penn State the top performing team of the week.