The Chuck Bednarik Award (1)

All-American, 2009

2009 AP Player of the Year

2009 Bednarik Award

2009 Nagurski Trophy

2009 Lombardi Award 

2009 Outland Trophy 

2009 Bill Willis Award

2009: Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle (2006-2009)

Portland, OR

 

     Ndamukong Suh became one of the most honored defensive players in college football history in 2009. Suh led a dominating Nebraska defense and his play resulted in accolades on the team, conference and national level. His senior season capped a highly productive career for the 6-4, 300-pound Suh that left him near the top of numerous Nebraska defensive charts. The honors captured by Suh during his senior season included the following:

- He was the first defensive player to win the Associated Press College Player of the Year Award since the inception of the honor in 1998.

- Suh was the first defensive tackle invited to the Heisman ceremonies in New York since Warren Sapp in 1994. Suh's fourth-place finish in the voting tied for the best by a defensive lineman since Nebraska's Rich Glover was third in 1972. Suh also received the highest-ever point total for a fourth-place finisher and his 161 first-place votes were the most ever for an interior defensive lineman.

- Suh won the Outland Trophy for the nation's top interior lineman, giving Nebraska a nation-leading nine Outland winners (eight players). No other school has won more than five Outlands. Suh was the first Husker to win the award since offensive guard Aaron Taylor in 1997.

- Suh won the Rotary Lombardi Award to become the fifth Husker to win the award and the first since 1997. Nebraska's five Lombardi awards are the second-most by one school in the 40-year history of the award, trailing only Ohio State's six Lombardi Award winners.

- Suh became the fourth Husker to sweep the Lombardi and Outland in the same season, joining Rich Glover (1972), Dave Rimington (1982) and Dean Steinkuhler (1983). Overall, Suh is just the 12th player to capture the Outland and Lombardi in the same season, with the only other player to do so since 1996 being LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey in 2007 (also coached by Bo Pelini).

- Suh made a clean sweep of the national defensive player-of-the-year awards by winning the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Suh is the first Husker to receive both of those awards, and he became just the fifth player to sweep those two awards, most recently Miami's Dan Morgan in 2000.

-I n addition to the awards he won, Suh was also a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Lott Trophy.

- Suh was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and every major outlet that chose a defender of the year. He was the first defensive player to win Big 12 Player-of-the-Year honors since Grant Wistrom in 1996 and 1997.

- Suh was one of 12 players who were unanimous All-America selections by being named to all five of the All-America teams that are recognized by the NCAA. Suh is the first unanimous All-American for Nebraska since Aaron Tayor in 1997.

     As a senior, Suh led Nebraska in tackles for the second straight season with 85 tackles, the most by a defensive lineman since 1974. He also became the first defensive lineman to lead Nebraska in tackles in consecutive seasons. He also led the team in tackles for loss (24), sacks (12), quarterback hurries (26) and blocked kicks (3). His 24 tackles for loss were second on the Nebraska season list, while his 12 sacks ranked third in school history. Suh's 10 pass breakups were second on the team and led the nation's defensive linemen. He also added his fourth career interception, an NU record for defensive linemen.

     Suh left Nebraska with his name prominently displayed in the Cornhusker record book.

- Suh had 57 career tackles for loss, good for the No. 2 spot on the list, just behind Grant Wistrom's school-record 58.5 tackles for loss.

- His 24 career sacks are tied for fourth in Nebraska history.

- He finished with 215 career tackles to rank 24th on the Nebraska career list. He ranked fourth among interior defensive linemen in career tackles.

- His 15 career breakups were also a position record, bettering the 11 by Steve Warren (1996-99).

- Suh had at least one tackle for loss in 21 of his final 25 games, including 12 of 14 games as a senior.

- He made at least five total tackles in 15 of his final 20 games.

- The two blocked kicks against Iowa State tied a Nebraska single-game record for any player and was a position record for defensive linemen. His three blocked kicks for the season were a position record, bettering his own two blocks in 2008.

- Suh's six career blocked kicks were a record for defensive linemen and were one shy of the school record for blocked kicks by any player.

 Suh's Career Statistics

 

 

Tackles

  

 

Fum

  

 

 

QB

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

PI

Hry.

2005*

2/0

0

1

1

0-0

0

0-0

0

0

0

0

2006

14/1

12

7

19

8-45

3.5-37

1-0

0

0

1

2

2007

12/11

22

12

34

6-29

1-6

0-1

1

2

0

4

2008

13/13

39

37

76

19-85

7.5-67

1-0

2

3

2

6

2009

14/14

52

31

85

24-93

12-77

1-0

3

10

1

26

Totals

55/39

125

90

215

57-252

24-187

3-1

6

15

4

38

  *Suh was granted a medical hardship following the 2005 season and regained a year of eligibility