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Nassib, Johnson On The Prestigious Piesman Trophy Ballot

Linemen hardly get recognized for doing linemen things in football. However, the big guys do get recognition from the masses when they perform plays normally done by the smaller skill players. Luckily, SB Nation has created an award known as the Piesman Trophy that compiles and showcases linemen from all levels of college football showing off their ability to pass, run, catch, and score.

Two Nittany Lions made the ballot for the serious hardware this year — defensive line standouts and NFL prospects Carl Nassib and Austin Johnson. Although Anthony Zettel was named to the watch-list and had a dominant year up front, he came up short when it came to doing things linemen shouldn’t and he didn’t grab one of the 63 spots on the ballot.

The award isn’t just some joke or invalid one awarded without the thoughtful delegation of an actual committee. The committee is comprised of football coaches, commentators, and analysts who make will make selections for the best instance of a lineman “doing a decidedly non-lineman thing.” In fact, the award is so serious it will be having “a very nice trophy made,” and the award will host a banquet (with real pie of course) at the end of the year to present the Piesman to one winner who showed off the best non-lineman moves on the gridiron in 2015.

Johnson’s play that led him to the ballot was his skillful scoop and score touchdown against San Diego State:

Nassib’s non-lineman moment was a freakishly athletic one-handed interception that came while still engaged in a block from an offensive lineman:

These aren’t the first awards for these two dominant forces up front, but the Piesman is certainly an unforgettable award they will keep on their radar.

Follow along with Onward State in the coming weeks as Johnson and Nassib’s quests for the Piesman continue.

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Tim Reams

is the HR Strategic Partner for Onward State, but he's still churning out the good photos and stories occasionally. He's a junior majoring in Labor Employment Relations, minoring in one too many things, and he'll probably become the next Onward State schmuck to go to law school. Tim comes from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area (yes where the TV show the office is based off of) and was raised a die hard fan of all things Penn State. For any inquiries or spamming email [email protected], or feel free to sliiiiide into his DMs on twitter @TPReams.

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