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Selected Senior MVP

Scioli Named Hall Foundation Award Winner At Nittany Lion Football Banquet

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., December 7, 1998 -- Defensive end Brad Scioli was selected the Hall Foundation Award winner as Penn State's Outstanding Senior Player at Sunday's State College Quarterback Club Banquet.

A first team All-Big Ten selection, Scioli recorded 42 tackles (31 solo) this season, including 18 tackles for minus-108 yards and 10 sacks, both second on the squad. The Bridgeport, Pa. native also forced two fumbles, recovering one, and broke up three passes. Scioli's award highlighted the event, held at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The other award winners were:
- John Bruno Jr. Memorial Award, presented to the outstanding member of the special teams: senior Hero Matt Joyner (Hummelstown, Pa.)
- Richard Maginnis Memorial Award, presented to the outstanding offensive lineman: senior tackle Floyd Wedderburn (Upper Darby, Pa.).
- Ridge Riley Award, presented to a senior for "sportsmanship, scholarship, leadership and friendship:" senior free safety Shawn Lee (Harrisburg, Pa.).

The Quarterback Club presented special recognition awards to three seniors: tight end Cuncho Brown (Winston-Salem, N.C.); guard Ryan Fagan (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and wide receiver Joe Nastasi (Woodbury, Pa.)

The Nittany Lion Club Award for academic excellence was presented to senior quarterback David McHenry (Cincinnati, Ohio), who has a 3.49 grade point average in kinesiology.

Coach Joe Paterno's Lions (8-3) will play Kentucky (7-4) in the 13th Annual Outback Bowl on January 1, 1999 in Tampa, Fla. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. The Nittany Lions and Wildcats have not met since finishing a series in 1978, splitting the four games. The Lions will be playing in their school record eighth consecutive New Year's Day bowl game, a feat matched only by Florida State.

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