PENN STATE FOOTBALL NOTES: Three Nittany Lions earn recognition
Reeder, Yazujian recognized: Penn State junior long snapper Tyler Yazujian and redshirt freshman linebacker Troy Reeder have been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team for their performance in the classroom and on the field.
The duo is now eligible for consideration for the Academic All-America® Team.
Yazujian is a two-time Academic All-District selection after earning the honor last season. He owns a 3.86 grade point average in information sciences and technology. Yazujian was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2014 and is a six-time Dean's List honoree. He has also posted perfect 4.0 GPAs in two semesters during his collegiate career. On the field, Yazujian handles all of the long snapping responsibilities for the Nittany Lions.
Reeder picks up his first career Academic All-District honor with a 3.80 GPA. He was a Dean's List recipient his first two semesters on campus. He has started eight of nine games this season at the linebacker position. Reeder is one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see game action this season and one of six freshmen to start this season. He is fifth on the team in tackles with 49 stops, including 5.5 tackles for loss. Additionally, Reeder has one pass breakup, two passes defended and collected his first career interception against Illinois.
Nassib is one of 12 Lombardi semifinalists: Penn State senior defensive end Carl Nassib is a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award for the Nation's Top College Lineman (offensive or defensive).
He is one of 12 candidates for the award.
The Lombardi Award is given annually to the nation's top offensive or defensive lineman or linebacker who, in addition to outstanding performance, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. Bruce Clark is Penn State's lone Lombardi Award winner, claiming the award in 1978.
Nassib leads FBS in sacks (14.5) and tackles for loss (18.5) and is third in forced fumbles (5). He has recorded a sack in each game this season and five multi-sack games. Nassib's 14.5 sacks this season are the most by a Nittany Lion since Michael Haynes tied Larry Kubin's school record of 15 sacks in 2002. Kubin recorded 15 sacks in 1979.
The four finalists for the Lombardi Award will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and the winner will be announced at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas on Dec. 9.