It was a week bookended by national honros for Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib. On Monday, he was named as a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, given by the Maxwell Football Club to college football's defensive player of the year. Later this week he was named a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award, given by the Rotary Club of Houston, to the best lineman or linebacker in college football.
Nassic is one of 12 semifinalists, five of which hail from the Big Ten.
Nassib has at least one sack in each game this season. His 14.5 sacks are the most by a Penn State player since 2002 when Michael Hayes grabbed 15, tying the school record by Larry Kubin set in 1979.
Penn State defensive tackle Bruce Clark was honored with the Lombardi Award in 1978 and a myriad of Nittany Lions, including Matt Millen, Sean Farrell, Lavar Arrington, Courtney Brown and Paul Posluszny have been finalists for the honor.
The remaining semifinalists are
Joey Bosa (Ohio State)
Shilique Calhoun (Michigan State)
Taylor Decker (Ohio State)
Spencer Drango (Baylor)
Myles Garrett (Texas A&M)
Shaq Lawson (Clemson)
Tyler Matakevich (Temple)
Carl Nassib (Penn State)
Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss)
Reggie Ragland (Alabama)
Joe Schobert (Wisconsin)
Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame)