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Senior defensive end led the country in sacks and forced fumbles
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Graduates from 10 Sports; Nittany Lion Football Program With 15 Graduates
Senior defensive end is 13th unanimous consensus All-American and 41st overall
Senior defensive end also earns a spot on the Athlon Sports All-America first team
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Set the Penn State season sack record with 15.5 sacks in 2015…Forced six fumbles in 2015, the most forced by a Penn Stater since Michael Haynes forced seven in 2002...Is the first Nittany Lion to lead the FBS in multiple statistical categories since Larry Johnson in 2002...Is the 13th unanimous Consensus All-American in program history...Is the first Penn State player to win three National Awards since Larry Johnson in 2002.
➤ 2015 ➤ Senior Season
Awards: Selected as the Lombardi Award winner for the nation’s top lineman or linebacker…Named the winner of the Ted Hendricks Award for the nation’s top defensive end...Won the Lott IMPACT Trophy for the defensive player that represent the qualities embodied by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott – Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity...Is the first Nittany Lion to win three National Awards since Larry Johnson in 2002…Selected as the CBS Sports National Defensive Player of the Year…Unanimous Consensus All-American, earning the distinction from Walter Camp, AP, FWAA, Sporting News, AFCA...Is the 13th Nittany Lion to earn unanimous Consensus All-America status and the 41st overall…Also earned first team All-American honors from ESPN.com, SI.com, CBS Sports and Athlon Sports…Earned second team All-America honors from USA Today…Earned second team All-America honors from USA Today…Selected as the Big Ten’s Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year by the conference’s coaches and media…Selected as a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (College Defensive Player of the Year), Bednarik Award (Nation’s Defensive Player of the Year) and Burlsworth Trophy (top walk-on)…Named first team All-Big Ten from the coaches and media…Selected BTN.com’s Defensive Player of the Year and earned a nod to the website’s all-conference team…Named to ESPN.com’s All-Big Ten team…Tabbed first team All-Big Ten and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press and Athlon Sports...Selected as an ECAC First Team All-Star…Named to CBS Sports, ESPN.com and SI.com Midseason All-America teams…Selected to ESPN.com’s midseason All-Big Ten team…Additionally, was selected by CBS Sports Eye on College Football staff writers Jon Soloman, Tom Fornelli and Robby Kalland as the National Defensive Player of the Year at the 2015 midpoint…Selected as ECAC Defensive Player of the Week (10/20)…Selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player…Named the team’s Most Valuable Defensive Player.
Season: Started 13 games, playing only two snaps against Michigan (11/21) and two snaps at Michigan State (11/28) due to injury…Made his first career start (high school or college) in the season opener at Temple (9/5)…Led the FBS in forced fumbles (6; 0.46 ffpg) and sacks (15.5; 1.19 spg)…Is the first Nittany Lion to lead the FBS in multiple statistical categories since Larry Johnson in 2002…Ranked No. 11 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (19.5; 1.50 tflpg)…Had a sack in each of the first 10 games of the season, which was the longest streak by a Penn State player since sacks became an official NCAA statistic in 2000…Posted five multi-sack games…Graduated in December with a degree in biology…One of 14 Nittany Lions to earn their degree in December…One of 17 Nittany Lions to have their degree at the TaxSlayer Bowl. at Temple (9/5): Led the team with a career-high 10 tackles…Made 2.5 tackle for loss, including his second career solo sack in the second quarter…Helped Penn State pile up 15.0 TFL, its most since posting 15.0 vs. Michigan on Sept. 22, 2007. Buffalo (9/12): Grabbed his first career interception in the second quarter after the pass was tipped by Anthony Zettel…Recorded a career-high 3.0 sacks…Accounted for 3.0 tackles for loss…Also forced two fumbles in the fourth quarter…Was instrumental on a defense that held the Bulls to 69 rushing yards, the fewest for an opponent since Illinois (68 yds.) last year…Is the first Nittany Lion with two forced fumbles in a single game since Sean Stanley had two at Temple on Sept. 17, 2011. Rutgers (9/19): Made four tackles...Added 1.5 tackles for loss, which included a sack of Chris Laviano for a loss of 13 yards in the fourth quarter…Part of a defense that held Rutgers to just three points, the fewest in a Big Ten opener since limiting Minnesota to three points in 1994…Helped limit Rutgers to 43 rushing yards, the fewest since giving up just 33 yards to Maryland last season. San Diego State (9/26): Notched his third forced fumble of the season in the fourth quarter and the fifth of his career…The fumble was returned 71 yards for a touchdown by Austin Johnson…Made two solo tackles, both were sacks…His 2.0 tackles for loss helped Penn State amass 9.0 TFLs in the game. Army (10/3): Recorded his eighth sack of the season…Made two tackles. Indiana (10/10): Logged four solo tackles, including two sacks…Also had two forced fumbles, marking the second time this season that he has multiple forced fumbles in a game…Helped snap Indiana’s string of nine games in which the Hoosiers scored 20-plus points…Part of a defense that held Indiana to 234 yards of total offense, the fewest allowed by PSU since giving up 221 at Indiana in 2014…Played a major role in limiting IU to just 79 rushing yards, the second-straight B1G opponent with less than 80 yards rushing vs. Penn State…Was the coaching staff’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week with Austin Johnson. at Ohio State (10/17): Registered eight total tackles…Recorded 3.5 tackles for loss to mark the fifth time this season he posted 2.0 or more TFLs in a game…Collected 1.5 sacks for his fourth multi-sack game…Helped the Penn State defense accumulate 10.0 tackles for loss…The 10.0 tackles for loss were the most surrendered by Ohio State in 2015. vs. Maryland (10/24): Made four tackles…Recorded his fifth multi-sack game with 2.0 sacks…Had 2.0 tackles for loss. Illinois (10/31): Recorded three tackles…Had 1.0 sack to account for his 1.0 tackle for loss…Part of a defense that recorded its first Big Ten shutout since blanking Minnesota in 2009 (20-0)…Helped hold Illinois to just 167 yards (37 rushing, 130 passing), the fewest allowed since holding Minnesota to 138 yards (37 rushing, 101 passing) in 2009…As a unit, the defense forced a punt on 12 of Illinois’ 15 possessions, with two ending with a turnover on downs and the other halted by an interception. at Northwestern (11/7): Recorded one sack, his 10th straight game with at least one sack…Set the Penn State single season record for sacks with his quarterback takedown in the fourth quarter…Helped the Nittany Lions extend their streak to 32 straight games with at least one sack…Penn State moved its streak to 10 straight games with multiple sacks, the longest active streak in the Big Ten and tied for No. 2 in the FBS.…His 1.0 tackle for loss aided the defense in posting 10.0 tackles for loss, marking the seventh time this season and fourth straight game it recorded nine or more TFLs…Recorded four total tackles…Also forced his sixth fumble of the season – which was recovered by NU – on his sack in the fourth quarter…Added one pass breakup. Michigan (11/21): Only played two snaps on Michigan’s first series due to an injury…Saw his streak of at least one sack in every game come to an end. at Michigan State (11/28): Only played two snaps in Michigan State’s first series due to an injury.
➤ 2014 ➤ Junior Season
Awards: Selected Academic All-Big Ten for the second time in his career.
Season: Appeared in all 13 games on defense and special teams...Made seven tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss (minus-22), one sack (minus-5), one forced fumble and one pass breakup. Akron (9/6): Recorded two stops, including a half-sack. At Rutgers (9/13): Made one tackle. Ohio State (10/25): Made one stop...His lone tackle was a TFL (minus-six) late in the third quarter that helped the Nittany Lions rally in the double-overtime thriller. Maryland (11/1): Registered one tackle...Combined with Tyrone Smith for a third-quarter sack. At Indiana (11/8): Made one tackle, a 10-yard tackle for loss...Moved his streak to three straight games with a TFL...Also forced a fumble...Helped boost a defense that held the then-nation's leading rusher, Tevin Coleman, to just 71 yards...Helped the Nittany Lions shut out the Indiana offense, as the Hoosiers scored their fewest points at home since 2006, via a defensive touchdown. Temple (11/15): Broke up one pass...Helped limit Temple to just 61 rushing yards and eight first downs, the fewest for a Penn State opponent since Indiana State had eight in 2011. At Illinois (11/22): Combined with Jason Cabinda for a TFL...Was a part of a defensive effort that held the Illini to just 68 rushing yards and two-of-16 on third down conversions.
➤ 2013 ➤ Sophomore Season
Awards: Selected Academic All-Big Ten for the first time in his career.
Season: Appeared in 10 games...Recorded 12 tackles (11 solo), 2.0 tackles for loss (minus-25), one sack, one forced fumble and a pass breakup. Syracuse (8/31): Made his collegiate debut in MetLife Stadium...Registered two tackles...Posted his first career tackle for loss, a 17-yard TFL on a bobbled punt snap. Kent State (9/21): Notched two tackles...Added one pass breakup. At Indiana (10/5): Logged a career-best four solo tackles in the Big Ten-opener. At Ohio State (10/26): Registered two solo tackles. At Minnesota (11/9): Made one solo tackle. Purdue (11/16): Recorded his first career sack for a loss of eight yards...Forced his first career fumble. At Wisconsin (11/30): Tallied a quarterback hurry.
➤ 2012 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Did not see any game action.
➤ 2011 ➤ True Freshman Season
➤ High School
A three-year letterman for head coach Kevin Pellegrini at Malvern Prep...Played offensive tackle and defensive end...Helped lead Malvern Prep to a 7-4 record in both his junior and senior years...Also lettered twice in basketball and three times in track and field...Selected team captain in basketball, helping the Friars to a 24-7 record as a senior.
Full name is Carl Paul Nassib...Son of Gilbert and Mary Nassib...Has two brothers, Ryan and John, and two sisters, Carey and Paige...Father played football at the University of Delaware...Brother, Ryan, was a standout quarterback at Syracuse and was a fourth-round pick of the New York Giants in the 2013 NFL Draft...Cousin, Joe Nassib, was a defensive back for Syracuse...Is slated to graduate in December 2015 with a degree in biology...Plans to go to medical school...Born April 12, 1993 in West Chester, Pa.
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