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Central Catholic grad named first-team all-Big Ten

After Penn State finished in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Big Ten, Nittany Lions senior guard Stefen Wisniewski was the only member of his team named first-team all-conference in a vote of coaches announced Monday night.

It was the second honor of the day for Wisniewski, a Central Catholic High School graduate, who earlier was selected to the American Football Coaches All-American team. Wisniewski is Penn State’s 95th first team All-American, the 78th under coach Joe Paterno.

Wisniewski, who was first-team All-Big Ten last year and second team in 2008, was a starter in 37 of 38 games at guard and center and is the school’s first three-time Academic All-American. His father Leo and uncle Steve, a two-time All-American in 1987-1988, preceded Stefen at Penn State.

The Big Ten announced two all-conference teams last night — one chosen by coaches and another by the media — but Wisniewski was named only to the second team by the media, losing out to Justin Boren of Ohio State and John Moffitt of Wisconsin.

Senior running back Evan Royster, who set a school record with 3,834 career rushing yards, was named to the coaches’ second team where he was joined by senior defensive tackle and co-captain Ollie Ogbu.

Royster was first team last year and second team as a sophomore, and he and Wisniewski join

Wide receiver Derek Moye of Rochester High School was an honorable-mention selection to the coaches’ team. He was fifth in the conference with an average of 67.2 receiving yards per game, finishing with 48 receptions for 806 yards, seven touchdowns and a per-catch average of 16.8.

Other Penn State players named honorable mention were offensive tackle Quinn Barham, middle linebacker Chris Colasanti and cornerback D’Anton Lynn. Colasanti was fifth in the Big Ten in tackles (8.5 per game).

Wide receiver and co-captain Brett Brackett was named a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

There were no Penn State players on the media’s first team, although nine Nittany Lions were named honorable mention.

They include: Barham, Colasanti, Lynn, Moye, Ogbu and Royster, along with safety Drew Astorino, defensive tackle Devon Still and kicker Collin Wagner.


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