Maxwell Club to honor Penn State seniors

The Maxwell Football Club plans to honor Penn State’s seniors

for the players’ commitment and leadership during a challenging

season.

The 31 seniors will receive the Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award

after the Nittany Lions finished 8-4 following the NCAA sanctions

for the school’s handling of the child molestation scandal

involving retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The seniors helped keep most of the team together following the

penalties. The past year also included the passing of former coach

Joe Paterno and the transition to successor Bill O’Brien’s tenure

as coach.

Maxwell president Ron Jaworski in a statement praised the

seniors and called their accomplishments ”astonishing.”

”With the difficult circumstances surrounding the program it

would have been easy for many of these players to look for a

different situation to finish their college careers,” Jaworski

said. ”But they chose to stay and support their teammates, coaches

and university.”

The award will be formally presented at the Maxwell Club’s

awards gala on March 1 in Atlantic City, N.J.

Separately, O’Brien was also named a finalist Tuesday for the

Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award, which is handed out in

partnership with the National Football Foundation. O’Brien is also

a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award by the

Football Writers Association of America.