PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Carl Nassib And Austin Johnson Added To Bednarik Award Watch List

Make that three out of four starting defensive lineman honored as Bednarik Award candidates for Sean Spencer’s fearsome unit.

Defensive tackle Austin Johnson and defensive end Carl Nassib, the nation’s sack leader, have both been added to the Bednarik Award watch list, joining fellow defensive standout Anthony Zettel. Traditionally, Penn State and prominent defense have been synonymous with each other, validated by the fact that four Penn State defenders have been recognized with the prestigious accolade since its inception in 1995. LaVar Arrington won the award in 1999, Paul Posluszny was a back-to-back recipient in 2005 and 2006, and Dan Connor completed the Nittany Lion trifecta in capturing the award in 2007.

Nassib is enjoying a ridiculous breakout campaign, having already notched 10 sacks, 27 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, five forced fumbles, and an interception while providing constant pressure along the edge. These gaudy statistics were enough to garner national recognition, but if his surprising production continues, there’s a chance Nassib could reap a number of renowned defensive honors.

Playing in the shadow of Nassib, Johnson’s been enjoying a relatively successful season in his own right, recording 36 total tackles, three and a half sacks, seven and a half tackles for a loss, and the best damn big-guy fumble return since William “The Refrigerator” Perry played for the Chicago Bears.

Zettel, whose statistics aren’t as flashy as last season’s breakout campaign, is still serving as a consistent producer for the Lions up front, notching 23 total tackles, a half sack, six tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and recovery, and three pass deflections.

Award semifinalists will be announced on November 2, with three finalists announced on November 24. The Bednarik Award winner will be announced on December 10 in conjunction with the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held at the College Football Hall Of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.

About the Author

David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]


More by David

So Long, And Goodnight: David Abruzzese’s Senior Column

It’s been a hell of a ride, folks. Senior staffer David Abruzzese rides off into the sunset with his senior column.

Saquon Barkley Mum On NFL Future; Relishes Fiesta Bowl Opportunity

DOTD: Nittany Lion Catches Pass At Fiesta Bowl


Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Sophomore midfielder Shea Moyer scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute of a rainy season opener at Jeffrey Field.

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Student Life

Student Body President Cody Heaton Welcomes Class of 2022 At Convocation

UPUA President Cody Heaton welcomed the incoming Class of 2022 Saturday evening with an inspiring speech.

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Penn State Officially Welcomes Class Of 2022 At Convocation

The Class of 2022 joined the Penn State family Saturday evening at Convocation.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend