Once again, Carl Nassib has been recognized as one of the best. He's already been praised by basically every news outlet that exists (more on that in a moment), but CBS Sports didn't let that stop them from passing along one more honor his way. On Thursday, Carl was officially named the CBS Sports Defensive Player of the Year.
Here's what CBS Sports had to say about the selection:
Nassib came to Penn State as a preferred walk-on. Five years later, he's leaving as the CBS Sports Defensive Player of the Year. Nassib, who was given a scholarship before the 2013 season, blew up in 2015. After having only two sacks in 22 career games the prior two years, he was given a bigger role in 2015 and took full advantage of it, finishing the season by leading the nation with 15.5 sacks (1.19 sacks per game).
Nassib also had 19.5 tackles for loss on the season, as he was a disruptive force on the Penn State defense. He did more than just rush the passer, too, as he also had an interception this season, broke up another pass and led the nation in fumbles forced with six.
Going into the 2015 season, one of the biggest question marks on the team was at the defensive end position. The coaching staff repeatedly named Nassib as the player who was going to turn heads in 2015, but many people (myself included) still penciled in redshirt freshman Torrence Brown to be the starter by season's end. Nassib responded with one of the most statistically prolific seasons that Penn State has ever seen. Along with this most recent honor, Nassib is the owner of the following awards and distinctions:
- Ted Hendricks Award (top defensive end)
- Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker)
- Lott Impact Trophy (best defense impact player of the year)
- Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year
- First Team All-American (AP, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Football Writers Association, CBS, Bruce Feldman, Athlon, Sporting News, Walter Camp, American Football Coaches' Association)
- Second Team All-American (USA Today)
It was an incredible season for Carl, and we can't wait to see which lucky team is able to grab him in the 2016 NFL Draft.
The other players honored by CBS Sports were Christian McCaffrey (Offensive Player of the Year) and Josh Rosen (Freshman Player of the Year).