Carl Nassib wins 2015 Lott IMPACT Trophy
Just when you thought Carl Nassib couldn’t possibly earn another national award, he did.
The Penn State sack master won the 2015 Lott IMPACT Trophy late on Sunday night for his third national honor. The award is meant to recognize the best defensive player who represents the qualities embodied by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott — Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Nassib beat out Ohio State’s Joshua Perry, Duke’s Jeremy Cash and Temple’s Tyler Matakevich.
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It marked the first time since J.J. Watt won the Lott Trophy in 2010 that a B1G player earned the award.
Nassib became the first Lion to win the honor and the third Penn State player to ever win three national honors in a season. He was also a winner of the Lombardi Award (nation’s best offensive or defensive lineman/linebacker) and the Ted Hendricks Award (nation’s best defensive end).
The nation’s sack leader earned his way on to five different All-America teams and was the B1G Defensive Player of the Year.
Nassib earned countless accolades despite the fact that he barely played in the final two games of the season because of injury. Still, the senior set a Penn State record for sacks (15.5), was second in FBS in tackles for loss (19.5) and forced six fumbles, which was more than anybody in the country.
James Franklin hasn’t said Nassib is cleared to play in the TaxSlayer Bowl, but that he’s optimistic he’ll be able to return by the Jan. 2 kickoff.