Sep 21, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive end Carl Nassib (95) bats down a pass from Kent State Golden Flashes quarterback David Fisher (7) at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Football Player Preview: Defensive End Carl Nassib

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The next man up in our player previews is former walk-on and rising redshirt junior defensive end Carl Nassib.

Carl comes from a strong football family. If his last name sounds a bit familiar, that’s because his older brother is Ryan Nassib, the former Syracuse quarterback who now plays for the New York Giants. Also, his cousin, Joe, currently plays cornerback for Syracuse and Carl’s father, Gil, played football at the University of Delaware.

After not seeing any playing time his redshirt freshman year in 2012, Nassib saw action in 10 games last season as a redshirt sophomore. He registered 12 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.

Standing at 6-6, 258 pounds, Nassib has the potential to be a valuable backup on Sean Spencer’s defensive line. With C.J. Olaniyan and Deion Barnes all but guaranteed to be the starters at defensive end, Nassib will contribute in a reserve role along with redshirt freshman Garrett Sickels.

I expect Nassib to play in every game this year, whether it’s on defense, special teams or both.

He started to come on at the end of last season and will look to continue that trend in 2014. It won’t be a surprise to see the West Chester, PA native to see increased overall playing time, even with a crowded depth chart on the defensive line. Nassib’s experience should place him in front of some of the others.

About 20-25 tackles, four tackles for loss and a couple of sacks seem reasonable for Nassib this season.

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