Penn State Defensive Tackle PJ Mustipher Named Rotary Lombardi Semifinalist

By Nick Polak on October 13, 2021 at 12:14 pm
Sep 25, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive tackle PJ Mustipher (97) reacts following a sack on Villanova Wildcats quarterback Daniel Smith (not pictured) during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium.
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Penn State defensive tackle has been outstanding on the field so far in 2021, and as a reward has been named a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award. The award is given annually to the player who "best embodies the values and spirit of the NFL's legendary coach Vince Lombardi". Whatever that actually means.

Though he was forced to leave the game against Iowa due to injury and later appeared on the sideline with crutches, Mustipher has been outstanding to begin the season. Despite playing a position notorious for not accumulating many box score stats, Mustipher already has 21 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, and 1 sack on his resume for the season. Hopefully, he is able to use the bye week to heal up and get back on the field to continue his strong senior season.

Mustipher is looking to become the third Nittany Lion to win the award. Bruce Clark won the award back in 1978 and Carl Nassib won it in 2015.