Penn State Football QB Drew Allar Named Big Ten Offensive Player of The Week

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Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Drew Allar (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

In his starting debut Saturday, Drew Allar joined Daryll Clark as only the second Penn State Football quarterback in history to throw for 300+ yards and three touchdowns in a season opener.

Tuesday, Allar’s performance earned him Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, and the sophomore quarterback wasn’t shy about sharing the credit.

“That’s really cool to win that type of award,” Allar said, on a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning. But, we always talk about with our team success comes individual success, and I think that’s a credit to the whole team. I wouldn’t be in that position without the offensive line, first of all.”

🏈 #B1GFootball WEEKLY AWARDS 🏈

🔵 Offensive:@PennStateFball‘s Drew Allar
🔵 Co-Defensive:@IlliniFootball‘s Miles Scott; @GopherFootball‘s Tyler Nubin
🔵 Special Teams:@GopherFootball‘s Dragan Kesich
🔵 Freshman:@BoilerFootball‘s Dillon Thieneman

— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) September 5, 2023


Allar was surgical Saturday night against West Virginia, completing 21 of his 29 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns. His night could have been even better, as receivers dropped three passes including two potential touchdown passes in a row.

As a recognition of Allar’s outstanding performance, West Virginia head coach Neal Brown remarked that West Virginia’s plan was to “make the quarterback beat us…and he did”.

The recognition from the Big Ten is Allar’s first Offensive Player of the Week award for his career, but based on his performance Saturday night, likely not his last.

WVU HC Neal Brown on Penn State: “Game plan was to make the quarterback beats us…and he did.”

— Mike J. Asti (@MikeAsti11) September 4, 2023

Penn State’s last Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week was Sean Clifford, recognized after Penn State’s Whiteout win over Minnesota last season.

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Robert Casturo

Robert Casturo

Expertise: College Football, Penn State Football Education: Saint Vincent College, Penn State Law School Location: Washington, DC Experience: Robert Casturo has covered Penn State football for NittanyCentral since 2022. Casturo previously covered Penn State football through a social media presence (@PSU_FB_Thoughts on X) since 2019. Casturo earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Vincent College in 2015, where he was a punter for 1 season on the Saint Vincent College football team and worked in the athletic department for 2 years as a student manager. Casturo earned his JD from Penn State Law in 2018 where he was a senior editor of the Penn State Law Review.