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NCAA Football: Penn State at Minnesota

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Parsons was the unanimous selection after receiving just one third-place vote a year again

The preseason accolades continued to roll in for Penn State players, especially one Micah Parsons , on Friday morning.

The 6-foot-3, 244-pounds Parsons was the unanimous selection for the Big Ten Preseason Defensive Player of the Year according to a poll done by Cleveland.com .

The website polled 34 reporters, all of whom put Parsons at No. 1 after the Nittany Lions’ linebacker received just one third-place vote a year ago, a year in which he was named the conference linebacker of the year.

It’s no surprise to see Parsons top the chart this year, the former five-star recruit was named to just about every watch list he was eligible for this summer and topped Penn State in tackles for the second time last year as a true sophomore. He compiled 109 tackles, including 14 for loss and five sacks. He also forced four fumbles and recovered one.

Additionally, Parsons is projected as a consensus top-10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft .

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