Former Penn State defender Carl Nassib nabs first career interception
The Broncos have certainly been capable of turning the ball over this season, especially with quarterback Drew Lock at the helm. Former Penn State Nittany Lion Carl Nassib took advantage of that fact on Sunday.
Nassib is a defender for the Las Vegas Raiders. When he saw a floating pass from Lock come near him, Nassib took advantage and grabbed the interception:
This is Nassib’s first career interception and it came in the midst of a pretty important AFC West matchup. Also, props to Nassib for an epic return and refusing to go down. A turnover itself will fire up a sideline. That had to really get people hyped.
Those in Happy Valley have a real affinity for this West Chester, Pennsylvania, native. He set the Penn State single-season sack record with 15.5 sacks in his senior season in 2015. At the same time, he forced six fumbles that season, the most by a single player since Michael Haynes in 2002.
That led to winning the Lombardi Award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive lineman or linebacker.
In 2016, Nassib was a third-round pick in the NFL Draft thanks to the Cleveland Browns. Nassib spent two seasons as a left defensive end and started 15 games. He finished that time with 5.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
From 2018-19, Nassib was in Tampa Bay, where he slowly was making the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker. He started 17 games with the Buccaneers and posted 12.5 sacks in two seasons.
Then, Nassib made his way west to join the Raiders. He had just 1.5 sacks entering this season and two tackles for loss. Hopefully a big play like this can jumpstart even bigger things for Nassib.