When USA Today's All-American team was named many across the Nittany Nation were puzzled as to how the nation's sack leader was relegated to the paper's second team. This became even more of a head-scratcher when Carl Nassib was honored as the Lombardi Trophy winner, which goes to the nation's best lineman (on both sides of the ball) or linebacker.
Nassib has also been honored with the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's best defensive end and the Lott IMPACT Award for the defensive player who made the largest impact on their team.
Since then, more All-American lists have come out which have appropriately named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year to their first team squads. Here are Nassib's All-American selections thus far:
Associated Press - first team DE
CBS Sports - first team DE
ESPN - first team DE
Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) - first team DE
Sports Illustrated - first team DE
Walter Camp - first team DE
USA Today - second team DE
More All-American teams are slated to be announced in the coming days, including:
Tuesday, Dec. 15: The Sporting News
Wednesday, Dec. 16: American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)
Thursday, Dec. 17: Consensus Team (from the NCAA)