Add another award to Carl Nassib's list of accomplishments, as he has officially been named the winner of the 2015 Rotary Lombardi Award. The Lombardi Award is given annually to the best offensive lineman, defensive lineman or linebacker, who also best exemplifies the discipline of football legend, Vince Lombardi. Carl joins Bruce Clark (1978) as the only Penn Staters to win the award.
Nassib beat out fellow finalists Joey Bosa (Ohio State), Garrrett Myles (Texas A&M) and Shaq Lawson (Clemson). Those are three of the very best players in college football, not just three of the best linemen/linebackers. The fact that Carl Nassib won this award ahead of them, and absolutely deserved to do so, is nothing short of incredible, and is something that not even his former head coach saw coming.
We've talked about Nassib's 2015 achievements here at Black Shoe Diaries ad nauseam, so we won't do it again ... just kidding! Nassib was an unstoppable force for the Nittany Lions this season, registering 46 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles and 1 touchdown. So yeah, we'd say this award was well-deserved.
The Lombardi Award is the second award Nassib has been given, after earning the Ted Hendricks Award for the nation's top defensive end on Wednesday. Are you having trouble keeping up with all of the awards Nassib is up for? Don't worry, we have a tracker for that.
Congratulations, Carl! Hard to find a better story in college football than yours!
Kris Petersen (@GoPSUKris) December 10, 2015