ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Penn State’s Paul Posluszny, who helped the No. 3 Nittany Lions earn a share of the Big Ten championship, won the Butkus Award as the nation’s best linebacker on Saturday night.

The award, given by the Orlando Downtown Athletic Club, is Posluszny’s second national honor. He won the Bednarik Award as the nation’s best defensive player on Thursday.

Posluszny beat out Ohio State’s A.J. Hawk and Alabama’s DeMeco Ryans.

in becoming the second Penn State linebacker to win the Butkus Award in its 21-year history. Lavar Arrington won in 1999.

This season, Posluszny has 111 tackles, including 11 for loss, and three sacks.

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