Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib, a native of West Chester, added another trophy to his postseason collection Wednesday when he was named winner of the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's best defensive end.
Nassib, who won the Big Ten defensive player of the year award last week, prevailed over five other finalists in the voting for the award named after Hendricks, the former University of Miami and NFL defensive end who won four Super Bowls and is in both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
During the 2015 season, his first as a starter in high school or college, Nassib, a Malvern Prep graduate, led the Football Bowl Subdivision in sacks with 15.5 (a Penn State single-season record) and in forced fumbles with six. He also was second in FBS and first in the Big Ten with 19.5 tackles for loss.
Nassib compiled these numbers despite playing for just six snaps in Penn State's final two games because of injury.
Nassib has been named a finalist for six postseason awards, including the Lombardi Award, which goes to the nation's top lineman or linebacker. The winner of that award will be announced Wednesday night in Houston.
On Thursday, Nassib will attend the ESPN College Football Award show in Atlanta, where he is a finalist for the Bednarik Award given to the nation's top defensive player along with linebackers Tyler Matakevich of Temple and Reggie Ragland of Alabama.
The other finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award were Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun, who joined Nassib as a first-team All-Big Ten defensive lineman; DeForest Buckner of Oregon; Myles Garrett of Texas A&M; Shaq Lawson of Clemson; and Emmanuel Ogbah of Oklahoma State.
Nassib also is a finalist for the Lott Impact Trophy, given to a football player who performs well in academics and football and shows other qualities embodied by Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. That award will be given on Sunday.