Suh is the first defensive player to win the honor since its inception in 1998. This year also marks the first time in the 12-year history of the award that it has been given to someone other than that year's Heisman Trophy winner. Suh is Nebraska's second winner of the AP National Player of the Year Award, joining quarterback Eric Crouch who captured the award and the Heisman Trophy in 2001.
The award adds to a memorable month of honors and awards for the 6-4, 300-pound Suh. In addition to Tuesday's honor, Suh was the winner of the Outland, Lombardi, Bednarik and Nagurski awards, and was also a unanimous All-America pick. He was also named the Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was selected to every All-Big 12 team announced.
Suh is the Nebraska team leader with 82 tackles this season, marking the second straight year he has led the team in overall tackles. He also has 12 sacks and 23 tackles for loss, the third and second-best single-season totals in Nebraska school history. Suh's 56 career tackles for loss rank second on the NU career list, just 2.5 TFL behind two-time All-American Grant Wistrom.
Suh will complete his Nebraska career in the Dec. 30 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl matchup with Arizona. Game time from San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium is set for 5 p.m. (PST). ESPN will provide television coverage of the game, with the Husker Sports Network providing radio coverage.