Two York County athletes were recognized Sunday night at the State College Quarterback Club's annual banquet honoring the Penn State football team.
Dallastown High School graduate Ben Kline, a senior linebacker, shared the Public Service Award with wide receiver Matt Zanellato. Kline has been involved with numerous charitable and community service endeavors while at PSU, most notably as president of the PSU Uplifting Athletes Chapter, which operates the team's Lift for Life, which has raised more than $1 million in its 13-year existence to fight kidney cancer.
Northern York High School graduate Dom Salomone, a redshirt junior tight end/H back, won two awards: the Iron Lion Award for excellence in strength and conditioning, and the Nittany Lion Club Academic Achievement Award for the senior with the highest grade-point average.
The major awards at the banquet, went to All-American defensive end Carl Nassib, defensive tackle Anthony Zettel and quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
Winner of the Lombardi and Hendricks Awards, Lott IMPACT Trophy and a first-team All-American, Nassib was selected the Nittany Lions’ Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Defensive Player. A third-team All-Big Ten honoree, Zettel was presented the Lions’ Pride Outstanding Senior Player Award, while the Nittany Lions’ record setting quarterback, Hackenberg, was selected Penn State’s Most Valuable Offensive Player.
In addition to the player awards, former Nittany Lion tight end John Gilmore was presented the Alumni Athlete Award. A letterman from 1999-2001, Gilmore was selected the team’s Outstanding Senior Player in 2001. He made 58 career catches for 634 yards and three touchdowns during his PSU career. Gilmore played 10 seasons in the NFL with New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Chicago. He played in 147 career games, making 55 receptions for 544 yards and six TDs. A native of Reading, Gilmore owns Encore Apparel, Encore Select and Brandthumb, a brand building agency, and lives in Tampa with his wife and two children.
Following is a listing of the other PSU banquet award winners:
Captains’ Award: Hackenberg; Jordan Lucas; Angelo Mangiro; Von Walker and Zettel.
Ridge Riley Award, to a senior for "sportsmanship, scholarship, leadership and friendship:" cornerback Trevor Williams.
Richard Maginnis Memorial Award for outstanding offensive lineman: Mangiro.
Robert B. Mitinger, Jr. Award, for a senior who exhibits courage, character and social responsibility: Mangiro.
Reid-Robinson Award for outstanding defensive lineman: Austin Johnson.
John Bruno, Jr. Memorial Award for outstanding member of special teams: Nick Scott.
Outstanding Run-on Award: linebacker Jordan Dudas and tackle Albert Hall.
Quarterback Club Special Awards: defensive tackle Tarow Barney and tight end Kyle Carter.
Football Letterman’s Club Joe and Sue Paterno Post-Graduate $5,000 Scholarship: linebacker Matt Baney,
Highest Academic Average: wide receiver Gordon Bentley.
Scout team Special Teams Player of the Year: wide receiver Josh McPhearson.
Scout team Defensive Player of the Year: defensive tackle Ryan Monk and linebacker Brandon Smith.
Scout team Offensive Player of the Year: tight end Nick Bowers and quarterback Tommy Stevens.
Football Support Staff member of the Year: P.J. Mullen, director of player development.