Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes has been named the Big Ten Conference Thompson-Randel El Freshman of the Year.
A redshirt freshman, Barnes joins tailback Curtis Enis (1995) as Nittany Lions to win the Thompson-Randel El Freshman of the Year, which is named for Darrell Thompson (Minnesota) and Antwaan Randel El (Indiana). The Big Ten Freshman of the Year was first awarded in 1986.
Barnes, from Philadelphia, led Penn State with six sacks (for minus-30 yards), tied for No. 5 in the Big Ten, and with 10.0 tackles for loss, good for No. 13 in the conference. The former Northeast High School standout was tied for fourth in the Big Ten with three forced fumbles. Playing in every game, Barnes made 26 tackles (14 solo) and had one pass break-up.
Barnes was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week after recording five tackles and a sack in Penn State's 34-7 win over Navy. He made a season-high six tackles (four solo) and 3.0 TFL for minus-13 yards at Nebraska on Nov. 10.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and his Buckeye teammate, John Simon, was picked the defensive player of the year.