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Mike Mauti has become one of the true leaders of the Penn State football team over the last few years, but it has been over the last calendar year that he has really taken on the leadership role with charisma and integrity.
Given everything that has taken place and unfolded since last season started, Mauti has never backed down from his commitment to the program and the prototypical "Penn State way."
In a time when leadership is desperately needed for the future of the program, Mauti has become the voice for the players and the program as a whole. Penn State could not ask for anything more from a player who has come through the program through so much adversity already.
Kevin McGuire is the host of the No 2-Minute Warning podcast, managing editor of Nittany Lions Den and a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.