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Anthony Zettel
Anthony  Zettel


West Branch, Mich.

High School:
Ogemaw Heights

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 284



H.S. Coach:
Andrew Pratley



Hackenberg Leads Penn State over Illinois, 39-0

Saquon Barkley rushed for 84 yards on 20 carries and added another 58 yards receiving for the Nittany Lions.


Penn State Cruises Past Indiana in Homecoming Victory, 29-7

Hackenberg threw two TD passes, rushed for two more in victory over Indiana


Defense Leads Penn State Past Army, 20-14

Cabinda registers 14 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in the win


Zettel Named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week

Redshirt senior earns weekly honors for the first time in his career after leading the Penn State defense against SDSU


Hackenberg's Three TD Passes Lead Lions Past San Diego State, 37-21

Hackenberg tosses three touchdown passes, piles up 296 yards through the air in victory over Aztecs


Michigan 28, Penn State 16

Penn State falls on Senior Day


Penn State 29, Indiana 7

Check out the photo gallery from the Penn State football game against Indiana.


Penn State vs. Boston College USATSI

NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL Football USATSI photos -- 12/27/14


Penn State vs. Michigan State (Athletics)

Penn State vs. Michigan State - 11/29/14


Penn State vs. Michigan State (USATSI)

Penn State vs. Michigan State (USATSI)

  • Zettel made his presence felt on the national scene last season after moving from defensive end to defensive tackle and producing one of the most prolific seasons up front in program history.
  • Teaming with Austin Johnson, the pair will lead one of the most talented defensive tackle corps in the country entering 2015.
  • Zettel became the first defensive lineman since at least 1959 to lead or tie for the team lead in interceptions, hauling in three picks last season with a pick-six against Ohio State.
  • He enters the season with 76 career tackles, ranking fourth among returning Nittany Lions, to go along with 27.0 tackles for loss and 16.0 sacks, ranking 15th in program history in taking down the quarterback.
  • The West Branch, Mich., native consistently demonstrates the ability to make the big play and will be among the leading contenders for All-America status in the middle of the defensive line.
  • Zettel is one of the squad's hardest workers and most fierce competitors, attacking the daily strength and conditioning program and practice drills with a non-stop motor that he uses to make numerous plays in the opponents' backfield.
  • An active member of the team off the field, Zettel is the sergeant at arms of Penn State's Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003.
  • The kinesiology major is scheduled to complete his degree in December.
  • He is among two returnees from Michigan, joining tight end Charles Idemudia.

    ➤ Career Notes & Records
    Was the only FBS player ranked among the national leaders in sacks and interceptions per game in 2014...Became the first Penn State defensive lineman since at least 1959 with at least three interceptions in a season...Tied for 15th in Penn State history with 16.0 career sacks, knotted with College Football Hall of Famer Shane Conlan (1983-86).

    ➤ 2014 ➤ Junior Season
    Awards: Selected an Athlon Sports fourth-team All-American...Named All-Big Ten first-team by the coaches and media...Earned All-Big Ten accolades from and Season: Started all 13 games...Was the only FBS player ranked among the national leaders in sacks and interceptions per game...Became the first Penn State defensive lineman since at least 1959 with at least three interceptions in a season...Moved from defensive end to defensive tackle in 2014...Led the team with 17.0 tackles for loss (minus-72) and 8.0 sacks (minus-46)...Finished third in the Big Ten and tied for 24th nationally in tackles for loss at 1.3 per game...Tied for fifth in the Big Ten and 51st nationally in sacks (0.62 per game)...Finished the season tied for ninth on the squad with 42 tackles (28 solo)...Added a team-high-tying three interceptions, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and eight passes defended...Ended the season with at least 1.0 TFL in seven straight games. UCF (8/30): Registered a personal-best 3.0 TFL at the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland, including a sack...Posted a career-high-tying six tackles...Recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter...Notched one pass breakup...Named the coaching staff's Defensive Player of the Week...Helped hold UCF to just 24 rushing yards on 29 attempts...Was part of the goal line stand that held the Knights off the scoreboard on their second drive of the game. Akron (9/6): Recorded a sack for the second straight game...Finished with three tackles. At Rutgers (9/13): Selected Athlon Sports Big Ten Player of the Week and the coaches' Co-Defensive Player of the Week...Totaled four solo tackles...Tied his career-high with 3.0 TFL...Among his three stops behind the line of scrimmage was his third sack of the season, which came on first down during the final Scarlet Knights drive of the game...Guided a defense that held Rutgers to no points, three first downs and just 95 yards in the second half. UMass (9/20): Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Minutemen to just 3 yards rushing, the lowest total allowed by Penn State since 2007 against Notre Dame (zero rushing yards). Northwestern (9/27): Collected four tackles. At Michigan (10/11): Pulled in his second career interception that led to a touchdown pass from Christian Hackenberg to DaeSean Hamilton...It was his second career interception against the Wolverines, with his first career pick coming in the four-overtime win in 2013...Added two tackles...Had one pass breakup. Ohio State (10/25): Nabbed his second interception of the season and returned it 40 yards for his first career touchdown...It was the first interception returned for a touchdown for the Nittany Lions since NaVorro Bowman's 73-yard return against Indiana in 2009...Accounted for the first defensive touchdown for Penn State since Mike Hull's 74-yard fumble return against Navy in 2012...Became the first defensive lineman with an interception return for a TD since Courtney Brown's 25-yard pick-six of Purdue's Drew Brees on Oct. 24, 1999...Also recorded two tackles...Logged one sack...Added one pass breakup. Maryland (11/1): Made one stop, a tackle for loss...Forced a fumble and added one pass breakup...Was instrumental in limiting the Terrapins to 194 yards of total offense, the fewest total yards allowed against a Big Ten opponent since Minnesota (138, 2009). At Indiana (11/8): Logged three solo tackles...Added one sack...Helped boost a defense that held the then-nation's leading rusher, Tevin Coleman, to just 71 yards...Helped the Nittany Lions shut out the Indiana offense, as the Hoosiers scored their fewest points at home since 2006, via a defensive touchdown. Temple (11/15): Recorded three tackles...Notched one sack to help Penn State become bowl eligible...Helped limit Temple to just 61 rushing yards and eight first downs, the fewest for a Penn State opponent since Indiana State had eight in 2011. At Illinois (11/22): Registered one sack for the second straight game...Made three tackles...Helped limit the Illini to 68 rushing yards and two-of-16 on third down conversions. Michigan State (11/29): Notched five tackles...Registered his third game with 3.0 TFL...Added one sack...Hauled in his third interception of the season...Anchored a defensive front that held Michigan State to 298 total yards, marking the only time in 2014 the Spartans were limited to less than 300 yards of total offense. Boston College (12/27): Made a career-high-tying six hits...Tallied 2.0 tackles for loss in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

    ➤ 2013 ➤ Sophomore Season
    Appeared in all 12 games, with a pair of starts...Recorded 16 tackles (11 solo), with two pass breakups and one interception...Finished second on the team with 4.0 sacks (minus-32)...Collected 6.0 tackles for loss (minus-43), making more than 35 percent of his tackles behind the line of scrimmage. UCF (9/14): Made two tackles. At Indiana (10/5): Recorded a sack for a 9-yard loss in the Big Ten-opener. Michigan (10/12): Made his first career start...Accounted for three stops, two solo...Grabbed his first career interception, returning it 18 yards to set up a touchdown that gave Penn State a 14-0 lead. At Ohio State (10/26): Made four stops, including 2.0 TFL for minus-11 yards. Illinois (11/2): Recorded one sack for minus-11 yards in his second start of the season. Purdue (11/16): Posted one tackle...Added one pass breakup. At Wisconsin (11/30): Finished the season with two sacks for minus-12 yards...Added one quarterback hurry.

    ➤ 2012 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
    Appeared in all 12 games...Recorded 15 tackles (10 solo) and 4.0 sacks...Added two pass breakups. Ohio (9/1): Made his collegiate debut...Recorded three tackles. Navy (9/15): Delivered six tackles...Notched his first career sack, making two QB takedowns. At Iowa (10/20): Recorded one sack as part of a two-tackle effort. At Purdue (11/3): Made one solo stop...Added one pass breakup. Indiana (11/17): Recorded one sack.

    ➤ 2011 ➤ True Freshman Season
    Redshirt season.

    ➤ High School
    A first-team all-state selection as a senior for head coach Andrew Pratley at Ogemaw Heights High School...Recorded 82 solo tackles, 25 assisted tackles and dropped the quarterback in the backfield seven times as a senior...Rated a four-star recruit by as the nation's No. 6 prep defensive end...Also lettered in baseball, basketball and track and field...Set the Michigan high school state record in the shot put with a toss of 61 feet, 8 inches.

    ➤ Personal
    Full name is Anthony Joseph Zettel...Son of Terry and Carrie Zettel...Has two brothers, Kyle and Easton, and one sister, Jenna...Enjoys outdoor sports, fishing, spending time with friends, dancing and singing...Is on pace to graduate in December 2015 with a degree in kinesiology...Is interested in a career as a strength and conditioning coach or a chiropractor...Born August 9, 1992 in Tawas, Mich.

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