A bunch of players made the midseason watchlist for the Ted Hendricks Award, and Penn State's Carl Nassib might have been the biggest no-brainer as a choice.
Nassib, a first-year starter, leads the nation in sacks (1.56 per game) and tackles for loss (2.2). He is No. 2 in forced fumbles (0.63), trailing Maryland defensive back Sean Davis.
Joining him on the list from the Big Ten East are Maryland's Yannick Ngakoue, Indiana's Nick Mangieri, Ohio State's Joey Bosa and Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun.
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The Hendricks Award goes to the best defensive end in the country and is named after former Miami (Fla.) star Ted Hendricks. a three-time All-American who went on to win four Super Bowls and make the Pro Bowl eight times before being inducted into both the Pro Football and College Football Halls of Fame.
The finalists for the award will be announced in late November with the winner being named Dec. 9.