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Nassib named finalist

UNIVERSITY PARK – Senior defensive end Carl Nassib is one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy for the Nation’s Top Defensive Player.

Nassib and the other finalists will be honored at an awards banquet in Charlotte on Monday, Dec. 7.

Nassib was previously named a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award for the Nation’s Top Lineman (offensive or defensive).

Nassib is the fifth Nittany Lion to be a finalist and the first finalist since Devon Still in 2011. In addition to Still, Tamba Hali (2005), LaVar Arrington (1999) and Courtney Brown (1999) have also been finalists for the Nagurski Trophy.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is given yearly to the National Defensive Player of the Year. The award is named for legendary two-way player from the University of Minnesota, Bronko Nagurski, who dominated college football.

In addition to Nassib, Duke’s Jeremy Cash, Clemson’s Shaq Lawson, Temple’s Tyler Matakevich and Alabama’s Reggie Ragland are also finalists.

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