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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


Forty Former Lions in NFL Training Camps

Former Penn Staters on 25 NFL teams; Six former Lions on NFL coaching staffs


Blue Topples White in Annual Spring Game, 21-10

Hippenhammer grabs two touchdown passes in annual spring scrimmage


Strong Second Half Leads Blue Past White, 26-0

Stevens hits three different receivers for second-half touchdowns


Penn State's Zettel and Lucas Selected on Third Day of 2016 NFL Draft

Zettel and Lucas picked in the sixth round of 2016 Draft; Penn State's five picks are the most since 2010


Penn State Student-Athletes Continue to Exceed National Academic Averages

Thirteen Teams With Perfect Academic Progress Rate in 2014-15; 21 Squads Equal or Improve APR Score from 2015


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)

➤ Career Notes & Records
Finished his career tied for No. 7 in Penn State history with Rich McKenzie (1989-92) with 20.0 career sacks...His 38.0 career tackles for loss rank No. 10 all-time at Penn State...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 in 2014.  


➤ 2015 ➤ Senior Season
Awards: Named third team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media...Selected as the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 28) for the first time in his career after his performance against San Diego State...Was the Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award nominee after his effort against the Aztecs...Selected to the Watch Lists for the Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy, Lombardi Awards...Named a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy...Selected as the Lions Pride Outstanding Senior Player Award winner for the greatest career contributions to Penn State Football.

Season: Started 13 games...Started at defensive end at Michigan State, his first start at the position since 2013...Graduated in December with a degree in kinesiology...One of 13 Nittany Lions to earn their degree in December...One of 17 Nittany Lions to have their degree at the TaxSlayer Bowl. at Temple (9/5): Made five tackles...Logged 2.5 tackles for loss...Made back-to-back tackles for loss on Temple's final drive of the second quarter...Combined with Carl Nassib for a TFL in the third quarter...Helped Penn State pile up 15.0 TFL, its most since posting 15.0 vs. Michigan on Sept. 22, 2007. Buffalo (9/12): Made five tackles...Deflected a pass that Carl Nassib grabbed for an interception in the second quarter...Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Bulls to 69 rushing yards, the fewest for an opponent since Illinois (68 yds.) last year. Rutgers (9/19): Recorded two tackles...Part of a defense that held Rutgers to just three points, the fewest in a Big Ten opener since limiting Minnesota to three points in 1994...Helped limit Rutgers to 43 rushing yards, the fewest since giving up just 33 yards to Maryland last season. San Diego State (9/26): Recorded seven tackles...Made his second career fumble recovery...Registered 2.5 tackles for loss, including 0.5 sack, to help Penn State amass 9.0 TFLs in the game...Selected as Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week. Army (10/3): Made four tackles, including one tackle for loss...Forced his second career fumble in the third quarter, a fumble Army recovered. Indiana (10/10): Had two big pass breakups...Deflected one pass on third down to force an Indiana punt after the Hoosiers recovered an on-side kick in the first quarter...Batted down a pass on fourth-and-3 at the PSU 34 to end an Indiana drive...Helped snap Indiana's string of nine games in which the Hoosiers scored 20-plus points...Part of a defense that held Indiana to 234 yards of total offense, the fewest allowed by PSU since giving up 221 at Indiana in 2014...Played a major role in limiting IU to just 79 rushing yards, the second-straight B1G opponent with less than 80 yards rushing vs. Penn State. at Ohio State (10/17): Made four tackles, including 0.5 sack, moving him into a tie for 13th all-time at Penn State...Recorded 1.0 tackle for loss to help Penn State accumulate 10.0 tackles for loss...The 10.0 tackles for loss were the most surrendered by Ohio State in 2015. vs. Maryland (10/24): Made a career-high eight tackles...Recorded 1.0 tackle for loss, which was a sack for a loss of three yards. Illinois (10/31): Made two tackles...Had 1.0 tackle for loss, which was was a sack...Part of a defense that recorded its first Big Ten shutout since blanking Minnesota in 2009 (20-0)...Helped hold Illinois to just 167 yards (37 rushing, 130 passing), the fewest allowed since holding Minnesota to 138 yards (37 rushing, 101 passing) in 2009...As a unit, the defense forced a punt on 12 of Illinois' 15 possessions, with two ending with a turnover on downs and the other halted by an interception. at Northwestern (11/7): Recorded two tackles. Michigan (11/21): Recorded two tackles...Helped hold Michigan to less than 100-yards rushing, the fifth Penn State opponent that failed to reach 100 rushing yards (87 on 30 carries). at Michigan State (11/28): Made two tackles...Added one pass breakup. vs. Georgia (1/2): Collected four tackles...Sacked Greyson Lambert for a loss of nine yards in the third quarter...Also added one pass breakup.  

➤ 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
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
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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