The 2015 Ted Hendricks Award has been given to Carl Nassib as the nation's top defensive end. Nassib won the trophy over DeForest Buckner (Oregon), Shilique Calhoun (Michgian State), Myles Garrett (Texas A&M), Shaq Lawson (Clemson) and Emmanuel Ogbah (Oklahoma State). The Hendricks Award considers an array of factors in the selection process outside of on-field performance, including leadership abilities, and contributions to school and community.
Nassib is the first Nittany Lion to win the award over its 14-year history. He not only led the nation with a school-record 15.5 sacks, but also ran away with the award vote, earing over 50 percent of the ballots.
“Three years ago [then-defensive coordinator] John Butler called me 'The Stork,’ and at the time I didn't know what it meant so I took it as an insult," Nassib said. "But after realizing who it represented [Ted Hendricks], I see it now as a huge compliment. To receive this award is an amazing accomplishment and honor that I will always remember. I'm thankful for my family, friends, coaches and teammates for helping me strive to be my best. I could not have done it without them."
As Ted Hendricks, an All-American at Miami and All-Pro in the NFL, said, "Carl Nassib is not only an outstanding football player, he’s also a scholar and humanitarian with an exemplary work ethic on and off the field. We welcome him to a stellar group of past winners.”