Farrell was selected 2012 honorable-mention All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. Corecipient of the team's Richard Maginnis Award, presented to top senior offensive lineman. Threetime Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Started every game during 2012 season. Started first two contests at right tackle and started at left tackle in the wins over Navy, Temple and at Illinois. Returned to right tackle for the win over No. 24 Northwestern and the rest of the season. Was instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions lead the Big Ten in total offense (437.0 ypg) in conference games and ranking second in scoring offense (32.6 ppg) and second in pass offense (283.1 ypg) against Big Ten foes. Farrell helped Penn State gain more than 500 yards of total offense three times in conference play, topped by 546 yards against Indiana, its highest total against a Big Ten foe since gaining 557 yards against Michigan State in 2008.
Farrell helped quarterback Matt McGloin break nine Penn State season and career passing records, Allen Robinson break the school season receptions mark (77) and Zach Zwinak to rush for 1,000 yards during the 2012 season, as he gained 100 yards or more in six Big Ten games. Farrell brought a 3.40 grade-point average into the 2012 fall semester and graduated in December, 2012. The former Shady Side Academy standout was president of Penn State's chapter of Uplifting Athletes in 2011 and 2012, helping the football team raise more than $200,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association at the Penn State Lift For Life. Farrell played in the 2013 Casino Del Sol All-Star Game.
Played in the final nine games after suffering a sprained knee in the season-opener with Indiana State. He helped Penn State lead the Big Ten in fewest sacks allowed (14) during the 2011 season. Farrell was on the field for 152 snaps, with a high of 61 plays in the Big Ten opener at Indiana and 35 against Houston in the TicketCity Bowl. He earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades for the second time.
Farrell was the No. 2 left tackle for most of the season, but against Indiana, he was called on to start the game at right tackle. In his first career start, he saw action on a career-high 85 snaps, helping Penn State to the 41-24 win at FedEx Field. Farrell was instrumental in the Nittany Lions gaining 496 yards and 24 first downs in the victory. He played in five games and 116 snaps. Farrell earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
Helped Penn State gain more than 500 yards in wins over Akron and Eastern Illinois and played in five games. In his first season on the field, he also saw action in Big Ten victories over Illinois, Indiana and Michigan State, gaining vital experience. Farrell emerged as the top reserve at left tackle to Dennis Landolt, who earned third-team All-America honors.
Farrell was a team captain for Coach Dave Havern at Shady Side Academy. He was first-team all-section, All-WPIAL and all-state his senior year. Named the Allegheny Conference Outstanding Lineman-of-the-Year, Farrell helped lead his team to a 9-2 record and the WPIAL quarterfinals as a senior. Farrell garnered three letters in football and lacrosse and also wrestled one year.
Full name is Michael John Farrell. He has two younger brothers, Chris and Jake. Farrell has a number of family members who attended Penn State, including his father, Mike, uncle Jim Farrell, and cousins Jenn Hepner and Matt Swilling. An uncle, Barry Swilling, played football at the University of Richmond. Farrell is majoring in secondary education and brought a cumulative 3.22 grade-point average into the summer. He earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2010. Born August 23, 1989 in Pittsburgh, Pa.