The Hokies host FCS powerhouse Appalachian State to open the season.
Dyrell Roberts tells Norm Wood he may not be able to participate in spring practice, but insists he'll be on the field for the Hokies for the 2011 season.
"I’ve always admired the job Frank Beamer has done in Blacksburg, both on the field and away from it," said Penn State coach Joe Paterno, the award’s namesake. "I’ve been especially impressed by his work in the community. He stands for all that’s good in college sports, a great choice for this year’s winner."