Nassib adds Lott honor to trophy case


Defensive end Carl Nassib of Penn State has won the Lott IMPACT Trophy as the college defensive player having the biggest influence on his team.

Penn State's Carl Nassib has picked up another major national honor.

The other finalists were Duke safety Jeremy Cash, Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich and Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry.

Nassib received the award Sunday night during a banquet at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. He is the first PSU player to win the award.

The former walk-on led the nation in sacks and will graduate from Penn State with a biology degree.

UCLA's Eric Kendricks won the Lott award last year.

The award is named for Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott and goes to a player with strong academic work, community involvement and team leadership.

Penn State will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund.

Nassib also won the 46th Rotary Lombardi Award for the nation’s top lineman (offense or defense) or linebacker and the 14th Ted Hendricks Award for the nation’s top defensive end. He is the second Nittany Lion to win the Lombardi Award (Bruce Clark, 1978) and first Penn Stater to claim the Hendricks Award.

Additionally, the West Chester, Pennsylvania native has collected five All-America honors — Associated Press All-America first team, Walter Camp All-America first team, All-America first team, CBS Sports All-America first team and USA Today All-America second team.

Nassib was also a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy (top player that started his career as a walk-on), the Nagurski Trophy (nation’s top defensive player) and Bednarik Award (nation’s top defensive player).

The West Chester, Pennsylvania native was picked as the Big Ten’s Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year and earned first team All-Big Ten honors from both the coaches and media.

Despite playing only four 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). He broke the Penn State single-season sacks record.