Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib admittedly was not comfortable talking to the media during his breakout senior season. Though smart, well-spoken and — in his own way — funny, he limited his appearances with the press.
That’s going to be tough to do now.
Wednesday, the nation’s leader and school record-setter in sacks (15.5) landed two huge honors.
The latest was the Rotary Lombardi Trophy, which goes to the nation’s top lineman (offense or defense) or linebacker. Nassib beat Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett and Clemson’s Shaq Lawson for the Lombardi.
Nassib, who began his career as a walk-on and never started a game until 2015, is only the second Nittany Lion to win the Lombardi, joining defensive tackle Bruce Clark (1978).
“I am so thankful for this honor and am truly humbled to bring it back home to Penn State,” Nassib said.
Earlier in the day, Nassib landed the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation’s best defensive end.
Nassib is also a finalist for the Bednarik Award (nation’s top defensive player) and the Lott Trophy (impact defensive player).
Nassib is the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-Conference pick.