Carl Nassib- DE/OLB Penn ST

6-7.1, 279, (O) 4.84, 7.27 3-Cone, 

34 1/2" Arms, 21 Reps.

28.5" Vert, 9'6" Broad, 4.37 SS,

The Penn State Three: Part I.

By TOM

Nassib was clearly the best story from this season. He was a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, as the best player in college football who started off as a walk-on. He played with relentless aggression on the edge. He went from walk-on to Big Tem Defensive player of the Year. He was a unanimous All-American after garnering 15.5 Sacks, 19.5 TFL, and leading the nation with 6 FF. He has such a unique blend on strength, length, speed, relentlessness, and work ethic that it is hard to see him not succeeding in the NFL. Plus, he is guaranteed to make any team that Drafts him, and have extra years to develop if he needs it, because he is already a special teams maven.

He came to Penn State as a preferred walk-on, ad was such a relentless worker that he earn his scholarship in 2013. "Every day I'm excited to be a part of Penn State football," Nassib said. "It just hits me every now and then. I'll walk through the weight room and say, 'Wow, I'm here.' That's how I've been feeling all four years like, 'Wow, it's such a blessing to be here.' I love it." While he wasn't playing on the defense as much as he wanted, he spent his first three season making himself a special teams maven. 

But he always remembers the day he was called into the Coaches office and given the scholarship. "I was really nervous that I wasn't going to be able to practice," Nassib said thinking he was in trouble. "But then there was this positive turn. I was very, very surprised. It was awesome."  And he has outworked every one the team ever since.

He was in the fight to be a starter in 2014 after three seniors left, including Deion Barnes. His coached called him a "Beast" and said he is about to have a breakout year. "It's a very nice compliment," Nassib said. "Coach Shoop is a very smart guy. I love him a lot and with everything he's doing here. But I just take it day by day. I don't think about it." But he still didn't get a start in the 2014 season.

So while he never started coming into the 2015 season, he had played more snaps than any returning D-end on defense and special teams coming into the 2015 season. The coaches knew that had some combustible material that was about to explode on the football field:

2014 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 Illinois to just 68 rushing yards and two-of-16 on third down conversions. 

He continued to work relentlessly for four seasons coming into the 2015 season. "I think he's going to be one of those guys that comes out of nowhere and has an all-Big Ten-caliber year," coach Shoop said. "He's going to be that guy who people say, 'Boy, I didn't even think about him' but he could be a five-to-10-year veteran in the NFL. We feel like he's got NFL potential." He spent the entire 2015 season proving over and over that he was an NFL passrushing prospect supreme, and lead he NCAA in sacks last season, and won a ton of awards and honers:

➤ 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.

His brother Ryan plays for the Giants.  "He always told me, 'Put your head down and work'," Nassib said about Ryan. "He's a very quiet guy. He's the hardest worker ever. He just keeps his mouth shut and works every day, and that's kind of how I learned to do it. It's a really good way to go about it." Now Carl is known as the hardest working guy at Penn State.

That is why he looks like a lock in the NFL to me. You have to outwork every to stay in the NFL. "You want to get better every single day, compete every day," Nassib said. "You might be pretty sure where you are but you're never complacent. Every day you've got to work hard and earn your keep." He also was a great student who is on schedule to graduate with a degree in biology. But it was his incredible work on the field on defense last season that will get him drafted in the top 50.

2015 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. 

He does a nice job stretching the toss play outside. He does a nice job cracking the OG inside so the DT can stunt free outside. He is terrific stunting inside underneath Zettel, and is almost impossible to stop from hitting the QB if the QB holds onto the ball at all. He has elite size for a D-end, so when he stunts inside with speed, he has the power to pop guards backwards.

He does a good job getting low off the snap, and pushing the ORT up, and then shedding him on run downs. He will get fooled by the fakes do to his lack of experience, and lose contain sometime. He does a good job extending his arms into the ORT with some speed to power, and then can swim inside when they run a draw. Very nice shoulder dip inside to get a lane to the QB. He led the nation in forced fumbles. 

He will also standup on the edge like a 3-4 OLB sometimes. He will drop into coverage into the strongside flat. He is one of this year unique rushers. He is a 270-pound speed rusher. His main weapon is the speed Dip around the corner. He still over relies on the dip and rip, and has to work on more counters. NFL O-linemen will take away what you do best, and make you do something else. 

But again, he is freakish big for a speed rusher, and plays with more power than it looks like at full speed. He does have a nice power move inside. He is so big and strong that he can counter a good block with relentlessness. Because he is so big. He showed up at the Combine at 6-7 and 277-pounds. So running a 4.8 is not a deathnel for him. Especially when you watch him attack the ORT's outside shoulder relentlessly down after down.

He will drop out of the rush and cover the RB on a wheel route. He is a little grabby, but shows good coverage out in the flat on the RB. Terrific stunting inside. He can get right up the middle and into the QB face as quick as any D-end in this years Draft. He is so quick to the corner, and has amazing agility on sharp cuts turning into the QB. He never stops amazing me. He also does a nice job cutting inside after he beats the ORT around the corner too may times. He is a monster stunting inside underneath Zettel. He is having a freakish season. He keeps finding himself in the right spot. 

Additional Notes:

Ohio-StateHe will slow in the rush to jam the RB sneaking out of the backfield sometimes. That is the only time I've seen him slow down. Wow! What a burst off the edge. He sacked the Ohio ST QB on a play action, and was in the backfield sacking Barrett before the play action was done. That is incredible. Then on the next play he dropped into coverage. 

Illinois: He put up some very unique numbers up this season, but he is benefiting from playing next to two great D-tackles. But as the season wore on, he was garnering himself a ton more attention from O-lines. So we will see what happens in the second half of the season. He just keeps pushing the ORT back and back. Illinois started doubling him on 3rd and longs. He is so good at chopping the ORT's hands down, and then dipping into the QB. He plays with the strength of a 270-pound rusher, but has the speed and agility of a much smaller rusher. 

Michigan: He uses his hands well to slap off the ORT's first attempt to grab his shirt. Played on the blindside more against Michigan. He zone dropped into the flat, and they ran a screen right into him and he crushed the RB.

Senior Bowl notes: He is so good at getting his hands on the OT first, and pushing his way past him. He has such a great lean to the side, with crazy strength and balance. Underrated agility dipping around ORT. He was leading and doing what the coach coached through every drill. He just can't stop making money this year. Wants to play the 9 or 11-technique on every play. Nassib is a one year wonder, but what a one year. He is the closest player to Watt I have seen. Watts came out at 290, and Nassib is a thin 275, and looks like he could add 10 to 15 pounds and not have it effect his great blast off. Nobody in this Draft uses his hands better to make O-tackle's hands miss than Nassib. That is why he could be the top edgerusher from this Draft. He came to Penn St as a 215-pound walk-on.

He gained 60-pounds of muscle. "I can remember one story where he came and basically questioned, this is how smart I am, I questioned how important football was to him," Houston HC O'Brien said. "He said to me, 'Football is really important to me. I'm going to play pro football,' and I said to him, 'Are you kidding me? You need to be concerned about playing at Penn State. Forget about pro football.' He proved me wrong. He worked his butt off in the weight room. [He] got stronger and got better and got bigger." He made himself the Big-10 player of the year.

He has that knack for hitting the quarterback, in a 275-pound frame. But he is not an inside player. "Nassib has the look of a guy who can carry 285 (pounds) easily and he's super long, but look at his legs," an NFC executive said. "He is never going to have enough strength to play 5-technique no matter how tall or long he is. I think he has to stay around his weight now so he doesn't lose any quickness."  He consistently lines up way outside in a 9 or 11 technique. 

He has great size, but is still more of a finesse rusher. "He's an upside projection type," a scout said. "He's inexperienced, but still has height, weight, speed, length and now production." But he does have a lot of experience on special teams, which almost guarantees him a roster spot.

The Penn State Three Vs Ohio State 2015:

Zettel #98 is a very hit or miss player. He is pure penetration like Easley was at FLA ST. Here he is a 3-Tech blasting up the middle. He is pure explosion off the snap, and his best position in the NFL might be as a designated inside rusher. Ohio State is Zoning blocking to the Blindside, watch how he blasts past the ORT and is in the RB's face as he is getting the ball from the QB. He is a pure one-gapper, who disrupts blocking schemes more than makes plays. He blows the play up so the LB can make the play (:01). Here Nassib is protecting the edge, but gets distracted by a blocker going to the 2nd level. Johnson is shading the OC. He takes on the double team and follows the blocking scheme. I see him as a pure NT, but he has value for 4-3 teams as well.

Zettel bursts into the backfield going against the O-line slant, and gets in the QB's face. Nassib looks a little confused Dropping in a Zone Blitz, but gets into the passing lane nicely. Johnson follows the blocking scheme and plugs it up (:06). This is what Nassib does best. He lines up in a Wide-9, and tries to take the outside shoulder of the ORT to the QB. Zettel and Johnson switch sides. You get a nice look at Nassib's quick hands. He slaps his arms down, clubs his shoulder and almost turns the short corner (:12). Meanwhile, Johnson does what he does. He pushes the ORG back until the OC doubles him to stop him from shrinking the pocket. 

Here is Nassib as a more traditional D-End. Watch the speed to power, as he pushes the ORT inside into the RB. Then watch how he read the QB, and sheds the ORT with his hands like the QB h as the ball. Johnson gets good push right off the snap and shoves the ORG back. He forces the RB to cut back to the blindside (:27). Nassib tries to split the double, but gets caught. He gets shoved back three yards by the double before he can shed them. Then he gets in front of the RB and forces him to cut back as he gets tackled by the OG.

This is a great play by Nassib. He blasts off through the tight end zone blocking inside. When the RB tries to cut back he sheds the TE and jumps on top of him, but he falls off the tackle. Johnson lined up at 3-Tech. He is doubled and holds his ground like a pillar, and helps force him to cut back. But as happens with a pure one-gapers at 3-Tech, Zettel gets pushed back, and then falls out of the hole shedding the ORG (:37-38). Johnson and Nassib take down the right side of the line and force the RB to the Blindside (:50). Odd front with Nassib at 9-Tech, Zettel as the blindside DE. Johnson alone in the middle as the Nose tackle. Johnson gets a nice blast off and puts the Center on skates. Then he is knocked sideways by the OLG's double. Zettel tries to Rip under Taylor, but Taylor just grabs a hold of his shirt, and is too big and strong for Zettel, whose biggest weakness is his strength (:59). Meanwhile Nassib just does his thing. He is a bigger Mike Vrabel. Watch him put speed to power and Bull the ORT back towards the QB. But at the last second the ORG Elfin dives over and shoves him outside past the QB. 

Johnson powers into the OC, then follows the blocking scheme. He sees the QB has the ball, and watch how quickly he shoves off the OC and goes and attacks Braxton Miller in the backfield, but Miller is too quick for him. However, watch Nassib. He rides the TE inside, following the scheme. He sees Miller has the ball stops and sheds. Then he goes and gets Miller, but Miller is too shifty for big D-linemen to grab when he can see them. But Nassib was there. He whiffs, regains his balance, and then tackles Miller from behind. That is a great hustle play by Nassib (1:09). This is nice team work. Watch Nassib stunt inside, and trap three blockers in there. Johnson stunts outside and finds a lane to the QB inside the ORT. But he sees the QB winding up so he stops, and times his leap perfectly to knock the pass down (1:09). That play was made possible by the great teamwork by Nassib who blocked four O-linemen inside on the stunt.

Ohio State spreads it out again, and Nassib goes to 9-Tech. This is what he does best. He gets the outside shoulder of the ORT, and is very adept at dipping under him. But watch the hands here. He beats the ORT so badly that he just has to double slap his hands down, and he is chasing the QB out of the pocket. And of course Johnson just does what he does. He absorbs the double team block in the middle so his fast teammates can get up field (1:28). Watch how Elflein watches Johnson for a split second too long, and turns too late to help the ORT. Johnson really occupied three blockers on that play.

Zettel got beat up a little and put on the bench for a while. Now he is back in at 3-Tech. Watch how he explodes up field right through the scheme and gets tackled by Elflein. That is an obvious Hold that would have been called at Penn. When he is not exploding into the backfield, he can be a liability. But there are not a lot of guys in this Draft who can consistently disrupt as much as he does (1:38). Watch Johnson shed the OC and keep his mammoth body in front of Barrett like a dancing bear. Nassib blows up the blocking scheme of two blockers and the RB, and forces Barrett to keep the ball on the Option run.

Zettel is in at 4-Tech. He fights into the backfield through the OLG. Johnson goes in as the 3-Tech, and I like this fight. He tries to swim over Elflein. But Elflein shows some nice hands fighting off Johnson's hands. He sees Elliot cut inside, and cuts him off. Now watch this agility and quickness for a NT. Elliot read the block, and bounces it to the other side of Elflein. Johnson spins through Elflein's hold and engulfs Elliot like a tidal wave (1:49). Nassib also does a great job. He gets into the ORT, and reads the Option run so he stops. Then he fights off the Hold by the ORT, sheds him, and flashes himself into the RB.

Ohio State runs a ton of misdirection plays, and this is a great example. All three of the Penn State Three get destroyed by the misdirection run here (1:59). Goal line! Or at least short yardage by the goal line. Here is another great example of Ohio State's misdirection play. Nassib sets the edge, and then bounces inside thinking Elliot has the ball. Zettel is in at 3-tech and tries to swim into the hole (2:09). Johnson goes to power into the hole for Elliot, sees the hole developing to his left, and starts moving into it. Barrett reads the movement of the Pen State Three perfectly and kept the ball. Johnson tries to shed the OC and gets to the other side, but he was trapped. That was a great example of the Option QB reading the Option run perfectly.

This is what Zettel does best. He moves up field, double hand slaps the OG's arms, and turns the short corner into the backfield. He doesn't make as many plays as you'd like, but like Easley he disrupts a lot of plays so his teammates can make the play (2:14). Zettel, in at 4-Tech, puts a little speed to power, but gets stopped by the double. Johnson, in at 3-Tech, uses his quick hands brilliantly to free himself from two blockers, and then uses his quick feet to stay in front of Barrett in case he takes off. That is an great example of some great movement skills by a 320-pound NT (2:23). This is why I had Nassib as a 1st. I know he is a one year wonder, but what a one year. He uses his burst and hands to undress the ORT, which he consistently does on passing downs. Then he absorbed the hit of Elliot, and powers to the QB and forces him to throw.

Zettel tends to play his best between Nassib and Johnson, for obvious reasons. He tends to struggle with stoutness as he tries to burst into the backfield every play. But he does a good job of getting low and holding the point here. Nassib does a nice job powering inside on the misdirection play. Johnson clogs the middle up nicely. But Barrett reads it right, and takes off to his left (2:31). Short yardage and they run away from the Penn State Three (2:45). They line up Johnson and Nassib on the QB's right, so Ohio State runs to the left (3:05). Penn State has to adjust. When they take Zettel out or line him up between Nassib and Johnson, the D-line gets a little too unbalanced.

So they shift #91 between Nassib and Zettel, and Johnson shades the OC to the Blindside, and they put a DE, a DB, and linebackers on that side as well. That forces Ohio State to run right with scheme. Johnson gets stuck inside, as he was looking to the Blindside, and Nassib doesn't set the edge with enough aggression to stop the speed of Miller (3:15). Nassib is pissed and burst up field right off the snap. That lack of discipline allows Elliot to cut back under his pass rush. This Tape is really showing how Ohio State figures out what you are doing and kills you with Elliot and Miller (3:26). Johnson gets trapped inside by the double team by the OC and Elflein. 

Zettel (1-Tech) and Johnson do a great job of clogging the middle of the line. They occupy three blockers, until Elflein can jump past Johnson (and I really like the way Johnson will grab the OG and hold him while he is being blocked by the OC), so the other guys can make the play (3:34). But this is a great play by Nassib. He powers straight into the ORT's chest. He digs him back and gets him just off balance enough. Elliot hits the hole, but Johnson had grabbed hold of Elflein and won't let him lead Elliot to the second level. Elliot has to dance to the right, and Nassib dives on him from behind and takes him down. I like to judge guys when everything is going wrong. Penn State was punched in the face with jab after jab in the run game. Then the Penn State Three all stepped up with great run defense on this play.

Nassib bursts inside with the greatest of ease, and smashed right into Elliot. But Barrett read it perfect and kept it for the big run. Johnson does a great job pounding the OC to the ground, but just misses Barrett's feet as he runs past him (3:40). Nassib and Johnson combine again for great run defense to stuff the RB (3:48). They line up Zettel between Nassib and Johnson again. When Nassib uses his burst and hands together he gets into the backfield as quick as anyone (3:57). Johnson and Zettel slanted to the blindside, expecting the blindside run that was killing them when they lined up Nassib between the other two.

They wing it outside on a WR screen. Watch the hustle of Johnson who gets all the way out there to get in front of the WR (4:05). Watch the great defense of Johnson in at 1-Tech. He sheds two blockers with his hands and crushes Elliot (4:12). Johnson lines up on the Nose. Watch the quick lateral burst, and club. Then he has a lane to the QB that is so big the blitzing LB steals it. He plays so well with his hands and feet in balance with power (4:20). All three guys plug up the middle nicely (4:37). But watch Nassib here. It is easy to forget that he is a 270-pound passrusher. Watch him throw the ORT to the ground with hip torque and hands. Absorb the block of the pulling OLG with his size and shoulder pads. Then he finds the ball carrier in the middle of that massive traffic jam, and makes the tackle. That is a truly great play there.

This is another elite play by the Penn State Three. Nassib and and Zettel clog it up on the strongside, and force Miller to redirect back to the other side. Watch Johnson redirect as well and shadow Miller at the LOS. That is a very large man dancing around the field (4:44). Nassib takes off and beats the ORT to the corner, and flushes the QB (4:53). But you also have to watch Zettel as well. He bursts up field from the 4-Tech. He angles inside a little, and spins inside off the OLG. He sees Braxton take off, and redirects back outside by clubbing the OLG inside. Then he puts his hands up to defend the pass, and grabs the QB and holds him up. Which allows Nassib to sprinting in from behind and knock him 5-yards forward.

Nassib is an amazing speed rusher for such a big guy. He checked in at his Proday at a shade under 280-pounds. He just uses his elite blast off to Dip and Rip around the Corner and crush the QB. That is another great pass rush (5:20). Both Zettel and Johnson get great rushes up the gut by turning the short corner. This forces Barrett to try and dump it off outside, but Nassib was there dancing around the edge, and he leaps up and knocks it down (5:33). Nassib uses a great inside move, after two straight outside moves, and forces Elliot inside (5:42). Where Zettel and Johnson were clogging it up. Zettel got pushed back a little by Elflein, but made the tackle.

Johnson is such a great Nose Tackle. Watch how he holds onto the OC, until Elliot reaches him. Then he uses hip torque and his hands and throws the OC aside and jumps on Elliot. Zettel also does a nice job. He absorbs the double, splits it, and gets in on the tackle (5:52). Johnson and Zettel do a nice job reading the option run. and put a beating on Barnett (6:00). Nassib and Johnson did great jobs shedding the linemen and going inside and getting the RB, but Barrett read it and kept it (6:09). They got burned by the QB running two plays in a row. Johnson holds up the middle of the line to unleash Nassib (6:31). Nassib burst past the ORT, ignoring the misdirection. He sees Barrett keep it, and Sacks him again. That was a great play by Nassib.

Nassib drops into coverage on the Zone Blitz, but can't catch Barrett in the open field. He looked like he was 280-pounds on that play (6:52). Nassib out wide in the 9-Tech. He flashes inside and gets hurt by the great block by Vannett. But watch Johnson at the 4-Tech. He head butts right into the OLG and knocks him back. Watch him just stand their and control him. He fakes inside a little, and gets the RB to bounce around the OLT, and clubs to the other side of the OLG and tackles the RB (7:12). Meanwhile Nassib gets blown off the line by Elflein. But watch how he sheds Elflein and gets back in on the play.

Then Ohio State beats up on them for a while with misdirection plays away from the Penn State Three. So they line the three guys up inside and force the issue. Nassib and Johnson clog up the Dive, and Nassib dismisses the ORT inside with his hands and feet, and crushes the RB (7:56). Another great inside move by Nassib, and Johnson gets inside the OC as well. But Elliot is too quick i n the cutback (8:01). Nassib is completely fooled by the play action, and Johnson and Zettel aren't far behind (8:12). Okay, at the Five with everything on the line. Ohio State scores, game over man (8:20). And they run a fake Shotgun Dive that the Penn State Three stuff, and Barnett flicks it over the top to end the game.

Penn ST Three Vs Ohio ST 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRZtpsz3IQ4

 

 

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Junior (2015):
➤ Career Notes & Records
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.

2015 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.
2014 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 Illinois 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
Redshirt season. 

 

 

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