Suh, Nicks Named to Pro Bowl Roster
Former Husker standouts Ndamukong Suh and Carl Nicks were both selected to participate in the 2011 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced on Tuesday. Suh and Nicks are both on the NFC roster for the event, which will take place on Jan. 30 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Suh was the only rookie to be named a Pro Bowl starter and was one of only four rookies selected to either the AFC or NFC roster. Nicks was one of four offensive guards selected for the NFC team.
A rookie defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions, Suh has made an immediate impact on the professional level after winning several major awards and being named the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year at Nebraska last fall. Suh, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, has put up impressive numbers for a defensive lineman while helping lead the Lions to their most victories in three seasons.
Suh has totaled 60 tackles and 9.0 sacks in his rookie year. His 9.0 sacks lead all NFL defensive linemen and all NFL rookies. The sack total also ties him for third in the NFL in all-time sacks by a rookie defensive tackle. His 60 tackles also rank eighth among all NFL defensive linemen. Suh is the first Lions’ defensive rookie to be selected for the Pro Bowl since Al “Bubba” Baker in 1979 and the first overall Detroit rookie to be selected since Barry Sanders in 1990.
Nicks is in his third year with the New Orleans Saints after finishing his Husker career in 2007. Nicks helped the defending Super Bowl champion Saints clinch a playoff berth on Monday night with a 17-14 win at Atlanta. Nicks has started every game since the fourth game of his rookie year and has blocked for a New Orleans offense that ranks sixth in the NFL in total offense and second in passing yards per game. The Saints’ offensive line has also allowed only 23 sacks, the fourth-lowest total in the NFL.
Fans can watch the former Huskers in action, as the 2011 Pro Bowl will air live on FOX on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. p.m. (Central).