Michael Mauti was not one of the final candidates for the Lombardi Award, this despite four other Big Ten linebackers or linemen selected. This seems odd considering Mauti has won two Big Ten player of the week awards, as well as a national player of the week award. Mauti is fifth in the conference in tackles and tied for third in forced fumbles.
Here's what Jordan Hill had to say about the perceived snub: "I feel that it’s disrespectful to how Mauti’s been playing all year. There aren’t too many guys who have been playing like he has."
He said Mauti could use it as motivation.
Penn State has not been getting snubbed from contention for all awards, though. Talk has picked up since Saturday about Bill O'Brien being coach of the year nationally. Hill supported such an honor, noting, though, that he hadn't paid much attention to any other coaches.
O'Brien dismissed any such talk during his Big Ten conference call on Tuesday.
"We're 4-2 and we have murderer's row coming up here, starting with Iowa," he said. "There's a lot of great coaches in this country. I've only coached six games my whole career. That's the farthest thing from my mind."
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