Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh hails out of Portland, Oregon where he played at Grant High School. After being recruited as a four star recruit he decided to take his talents to Nebraska.

In his freshman year he only played in two games before suffering a knee injury and was awarded a medical red shirt. By 2007 he worked his way into a starting position, and in 2008 he led the team in tackles with 76 in addition to 7.5 sacks, 19 tackles for a loss and two interceptions for touchdowns.

In his senior season in 2009, Suh was dominant, and went on to win the Chuck Bednarik Award. By season’s end, the Portland native totaled 85 tackles, with 24 of them resulting in a loss. He also added three blocked field goals, 12 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception. Suh’s highlight game came in the Big 12 Championship game against Texas, where he registered a school single-game record of seven tackles for a loss and won the game’s MVP. After leading the Cornhuskers to the number one defensive ranking, his team pitched a shutout in the 2009 Holiday Bowl.

Entering the 2010 draft, Suh was considered one of the best defensive linemen prospects of all-time and was drafted accordingly as the number two player off the board by the Detroit Lions. He lived up to the hype, starting in the Pro Bowl his rookie season and making the Pro Bowl again in 2011. Suh earned NFL Rookie of the Year as well as AP Defensive Rookie of the Year thanks to his 10 sacks. Known for his aggressive, smash-mouth style, Suh remains a force on the Lions defense.

Award Profile

Winner: Chuck Bednarik Award - 2009

University of Nebraska