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Only Carl Nassib Until Penn State Football

Slowly but surely we’re nearing the start of Penn State football season

NCAA Football: Rutgers at Penn State Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

We’re just 95 days away from the start of the Penn State football season against Idaho at Beaver Stadium.

That makes today Carl Nassib Day.

Nassib began his career as a walk-on out of Malvern Prep in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

He slowly but surely put on weight and improved his skills, playing 10 games as a sophomore and 13 games as a junior.

As a senior, he put the country on notice. Nassib was an absolute terror in his final year with the Nittany Lions. He set the Penn State program record for sacks in a season with 15.5 and forced six fumbles, the most since Michael Haynes in 2002. He was also the first Nittany Lion to lead the country in multiple statistical categories since Larry Johnson in 2002.

For his efforts, Nassib was named a consensus All-American, he won the Lombardi Award given the nation’s top lineman or linebacker and the Ted Hendricks Award for the nation’s top defensive end. He also won the Lott IMPACT Trophy for the defensive player that represent the qualities embodied by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott.

Nassib was drafted with the first pick in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, No. 65 overall, by the Cleveland Browns. He was waved before the 2018 season and claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he set carer highs in sacks and tackles for loss with 6.5 and 12 respectively.