Penn State senior linebackers Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges have been selected Midseason All-Americans by Phil Steele's College Football.
Mauti was selected a second-team All-American and Hodges earned fourth-team accolades at the halfway point of the season. Mauti (Sept. 17 and Oct. 1) and Hodges (Oct. 8) have earned three of the last four Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors, giving both three career weekly conference honors.
Mauti leads Penn State and is No. 5 in the Big Ten with 57 tackles (32 solo). He has recorded 2.5 tackles for loss (minus-29), 1.5 sacks (minus-24), two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two pass break-ups. Mauti grabbed two interceptions in the 35-7 win at Illinois, returning one a school-record 99 yards en route to Big Ten weekly honors.
Hodges is second on the team and 10th in the Big Ten with 50 tackles. The 2011 first-team All-Big Ten selection also has 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a team-high three pass break-ups.