Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib ended a successful post-season college football awards run Sunday night in Newport Beach, Calif., by winning the Lott Impact Trophy, given for athletic and academic performance and character to the nation's top player on defense.
Nassib, a Malvern Prep graduate from West Chester, prevailed among four finalists, one of whom was linebacker Tyler Matakevich of Temple. The other contenders were linebacker Joshua Perry of Ohio State and defensive back Jeremy Cash of Duke.
For the 6-foot-7, 272-pound Nassib, who walked on at Penn State and didn't make his first collegiate start until the 2015 season opener, it was his fourth major award in the last two weeks.
He also was honored as Big Ten defensive player of the year, the Lombardi Award winner as the best lineman or linebacker in the nation, and the Ted Hendricks Award as college football's outstanding defensive end.
The Lott Impact Trophy, named in honor of Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ronnie Lott, rewards a defensive player for his integrity, maturity, performance, academics, work in the community and tenacity.