Nassib’s inclusion in the premiere all-star game is hardly surprising, considering he is one of the nation’s premiere players. The FBS sack leader (15.5) won the Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy and Hendricks Award.
Lucas’ inclusion, though, qualifies as a bit of a stunner. On Nov. 10, Penn State issued a press release saying Lucas would miss the remainder of the 2015 season with an unspecified injury. The issue was thought to be a lingering shoulder problem that caused him to miss time earlier in the season.
The release did not simply say Lucas would miss the remainder of the regular season, but the rest of the entire season. It also listed what it called his final career stats (180 tackles, 117 solo stops, 25 pass break-ups and three interceptions). HIs right arm was still in a sling (below his jacket) when he took part in PSU's Senior Day ceremony before the Nov. 21 game vs. Michigan.
Penn State faces Georgia in the TexSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 2. But don’t take the announcement that Lucas will be at the Senior Bowl as a positive sign for the Lions when they face the Bulldogs.
During the open portion of last Friday’s practice, Lucas did not participate and was not even in uniform.
He’ll have some time to further rehab before the Senior Bowl, though. The game is set for Jan. 30 in Mobile, Ala., with practices starting Jan. 26.
In early December, the Senior Bowl released partial rosters that included both Nassib and Lucas. But as of last Friday, Nassib was noncommittal (to the media, at least) on if he would play.
Nassib and Lucas are the 40th and 41st Nittany Lions to accept invites to the Senior Bowl.