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Penn State senior defensive end Carl Nassib has been selected as the Big Ten’s Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year in a vote of the conference’s coaches.

Nassib also earned first team All-Big Ten honors from both the coaches and media, while junior defensive tackle Austin Johnson was named to the All-Big Ten second team by the media and third team by the coaches. Senior defensive tackle Anthony Zettel claimed a spot on both all-conference third teams.

Additionally, sophomore safety Marcus Allen, sophomore linebacker Jason Cabinda, sophomore cornerback Grant Haley and senior cornerback Trevor Williams were selected All-Big Ten honorable mention.

Dallastown High School graduate Ben Kline was named Penn State’s Sportsmanship honoree.

Nassib is the sixth Nittany Lion to take home Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year accolades since 1998. He joins LaVar Arrington (1998), Courtney Brown (1999), Michael Haynes (2002), Jared Odrick (2009) and Devon Still (2011). A former walk-on, Nassib is a finalist for a quartet of national awards — Lombardi Award (nation’s top lineman or linebacker), Nagurski Trophy (nation’s top defensive player), Bednarik Award (nation’s top defensive player) and Burlsworth Trophy (top player that started his career as a walk-on). Despite playing only six snaps in the last two games due to injury, Nassib leads the Football Bowl Subdivision in sacks (15.5) and forced fumbles (six) and is second in FBS and first in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (19.5).

Johnson, who was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2014, has 70 tackles, which is third on the team. He also has 5.5 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss. Zettel collects his second All-Big Ten honor of his career after a bid on the first team last season. He ranks eighth on the team with 43 tackles, third in sacks (3.0) and fourth in tackles for loss (10.0).

Allen ranks second on the team with 75 tackles in 11 games. Cabinda leads the team with 92 tackles. Haley leads the team with seven pass breakups and nine passes defended. He also has a pair of interceptions. Williams is honorable mention All-Big Ten for the second consecutive season. He has started every game for the Nittany Lions, producing 31 tackles.

Kline, who has suffered through an injury-plagued career at Penn State, saw his first game action since 2013 when he took the field against Army on Oct. 3. He has served as the President of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter for the last two years. In 2014, Uplifting Athletes raised a record-breaking $140,000 for Kidney Cancer Awareness and Research at its Lift for Life event. He is also involved in a number of other community and civic organization.

Following is the complete list of Big Ten defensive awards as voted on by coaches and media:

Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year — Carl Nassib, Penn State.

Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year — Joey Bosa, Ohio State.

Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year — Desmond King, Iowa.

Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year — Joe Schobert, Wisconsin.

Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year — Griffin Oakes, Indiana.

Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year — Sam Foltz, Nebraska.

Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year — Will Likely, Maryland.

Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year — Jabrill Peppers, Michigan.

Coaches All-Big Ten

First Team

DL—Yannick Ngakoue, Maryland; Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State; Joey Bosa, Ohio State; Carl Nassib, Penn State.

LB—Anthony Walker Jr., Northwestern; Joshua Perry, Ohio State; Joe Schobert, Wisconsin.

DB—Desmond King, Iowa; William Likely, Maryland; Jourdan Lewis, Michigan; Jabrill Peppers, Michigan.

Second Team

DL—Malik McDowell, Michigan State; Maliek Collins, Nebraska; Dean Lowry, Northwestern; Adolphus Washington, Ohio State.

LB—Josey Jewell, Iowa; Darron Lee, Ohio State; Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State.

DB—Nick VanHoose, Northwestern, Vonn Bell, Ohio State; Michael Caputo, Wisconsin; Eli Apple, Ohio State.

Third Team

DL—Nate Meier, Iowa; Chris Wormley, Michigan; Austin Johnson, Penn State; Anthony Zettel, Penn State.

LB—Riley Bullough, Michigan State; Darien Harris, Michigan State; Vince Biegel, Wisconsin.

DB—Jordan Lomax, Iowa; Demetrious Cox, Michigan State; Eric Murray, Minnesota; Matthew Harris, Northwestern.

Special Teams

First Team

PK—Griffin Oakes, Indiana.

Punter—Sam Foltz, Nebraska.

Return specialist—William Likely, Maryland.

Second Team

PK—Marshall Koehn, Iowa.

Punter—Cameron Johnston, Ohio State.

Return specialist—Jabrill Peppers, Michigan.

Third Team

PK—Ryan Santoso, Minnesota.

Punter—Peter Mortell, Minnesota.

Return specialist— Janarion Grant, Rutgers.

Media All-Big Ten

First Team

DL—Yannick Ngakoue, Maryland; Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State; Joey Bosa, Ohio State; Carl Nassib, Penn State.

LB—Anthony Walker Jr., Northwestern; Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State; Joe Schobert, Wisconsin.

DB—Desmond King, Iowa; Jourdan Lewis, Michigan; Jabrill Peppers, Michigan; Vonn Bell, Ohio State.

Second Team

DL—Malik McDowell, Michigan State; Dean Lowry, Northwestern; Adolphus Washington, Ohio State; Austin Johnson, Penn State.

LB—Josey Jewell, Iowa; Riley Bullough, Michigan State; Joshua Perry, Ohio State.

DB—Clayton Fejedelem, Illinois; William Likely, Maryland; Nick VanHoose, Northwestern; Michael Caputo, Wisconsin.

Third Team

DL—Nate Meier, Iowa; Maliek Collins, Nebraska; Deonte Gibson, Northwestern; Anthony Zettel, Penn State.

LB— Darron Lee, Ohio State; Steve Longa, Rutgers; Vince Biegel, Wisconsin.

DB—Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Minnesota; Eric Murray, Minnesota; Nate Gerry, Nebraska; Matthew Harris, Northwestern.

Special Teams

First Team

PK—Griffin Oakes, Indiana.

Punter—Sam Foltz, Nebraska.

Return specialist—William Likely, Maryland.

Second Team

PK—Drew Brown, Nebraska.

Punter—Cameron Johnston, Ohio State.

Return specialist—Janarion Grant, Rutgers.

Third Team

PK—Kenny Allen, Michigan.

Punter—Peter Mortell, Minnesota.

Return specialist—Solomon Vault, Northwestern.

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