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Carl Nassib wins Lott IMPACT Trophy, named team MVP

Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib blocks Buffalo's Billy Fessler during the September 12, 2015 game at Beaver Stadium.
Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib blocks Buffalo's Billy Fessler during the September 12, 2015 game at Beaver Stadium. CDT file photo

Carl Nassib has become the first-ever Penn State player to win the Lott IMPACT Trophy, earning the honors late Sunday night.

“I’m unbelievably thankful for everyone that has helped me arrive at this moment,” Nassib said in a press release. “Winning this award means so much to me because it shows that being a Penn State football player is about more than just striving to be a great player, but also striving to be a great person, too.”

The award is given to the collegiate football player that represents the qualities of Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott: integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity.

Nassib also won the 46th Rotary Lombardi Award for the nation’s top lineman (offense or defense) or linebacker and the 14th Ted Hendricks Award for the nation’s top defensive end. He is the second Nittany Lion to win the Lombardi Award (Bruce Clark, 1978) and first Penn State player to claim the Hendricks Award.

Additionally, the West Chester, Pa., native has collected seven All-America honors — Associated Press All-America first team, Walter Camp All-America first team, SI.com All-America first team, CBS Sports All-America first team, AutoNation Football Writers Association of America All-America first team, ESPN.com All-America first team and USA Today All-America second team.

Finally, Nassib was named both the team’s MVP and the defensive MVP for his record-breaking senior season at Penn State at the Nittany Lion Football Banquet on Sunday night.

Defensive tackle Anthony Zettel received the Lions’ Pride Outstanding Senior Player Award, and quarterback Christian Hackenberg was named the team’s offensive MVP.

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