UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State senior Mike Hull has earned another All-America selection, today being named an Associated Press third-team All-American.
Hull previously was named a second-team All-American by USA Today and a third-team All-American by Scout.
The Big Ten Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year, Hull led the conference with 134 tackles. He was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media, as well as BTN.com and ESPN.com. Hull joins All-American Michael Mauti as recipients of the Big Ten Linebacker of the Year Award, giving LinebackerU two of the award's initial four recipients.
Twenty-one Nittany Lions have earned a total of 24 first, second or third-team All-America honors since 2005. With Hull's USA Today selection, five Penn State linebackers have earned a total of seven first or second-team All-America accolades since 2005: Paul Posluszny (2005-06), Dan Connor (2006-07), Navorro Bowman (2009), Michael Mauti (2012) and Hull (2014).
Hull has been instrumental in helping Penn State rank in the FBS Top 10 in all of the primary statistical categories: rushing defense (1st, 84.8 ypg), total defense (2nd, 269.8 ypg), scoring defense (8th, 17.7 ppg), pass efficiency defense (2nd, 99.71) and third down conversion pct. defense (6th, .301). The Nittany Lions are No. 1 in the Big Ten in rushing, total, scoring and pass efficiency defense.
A senior co-captain, Hull leads the Big Ten in tackles with 134 total tackles (11.2 tpg), averaging at least 1.9 tpg more than every other conference player. He ranks seventh nationally in stops and also leads the Big Ten in tackles in conference games only (96, 12.0 tpg).