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The 2009 season-opener with Akron presented Andrew Dailey with an opportunity to play against a school only 30 miles from his hometown, in one of the nation's high school football hotbeds. The athletic and instinctive safety made sure the win over the Zips was a memorable one, bursting 37 yards when he ran with the ball on a fake punt to set up a score. The 2010 campaign will present two more opportunities for Dailey and the Nittany Lions to compete against teams from northeastern Ohio when Youngstown State and Kent State visit Beaver Stadium. Dailey has played in every game the past two seasons, contributing on defense and special teams. He is a tough and versatile player with multiple talents who should have an opportunity to play a larger role for the defense this season. During spring practice, he gained extensive repetitions as Drew Astorino was sidelined after off-season shoulder surgery. Dailey has made very good progress the past two seasons and should emerge as an important contributor in the secondary rotation. At Massillon Washington HS, Dailey was a two-time first-team All-Ohio pick and guided the Tigers to the 2005 Ohio Division I state championship game. He is on schedule to graduate in December, in 3 ½ years. He is one of six returning Nittany Lions from Ohio.
Dailey moved to safety after working at linebacker in 2008 and played in every game on defense and special teams for the second consecutive year. He recorded six tackles, led by two stops in the 35-10 win at Michigan. Dailey delivered a big special teams play in the season-opener against Akron, bursting 37 yards when he ran with the ball on a fake punt to set up a Collin Wagner field goal. He also blocked a punt against Eastern Illinois. Dailey made one tackle in the 19-17 win over LSU in the Capital One Bowl. He saw action on 275 snaps, led by 30 each against Akron and Temple.
2008 Freshman Season
Dailey played in every game on defense and special teams. He recorded five tackles, starting his collegiate career with one tackle each in the wins over Coastal Carolina and Temple. Dailey also recorded a tackle in each of the final three games of the regular-season, helping the Nittany Lions clinch the Big Ten title and a berth in the Rose Bowl. He was on the field for 173 snaps, led by 22 against Indiana and 20 against Michigan.
2007 Freshman Season
Dailey was a three-year starter for one of the most storied football programs in the nation, Massillon Washington HS. A team captain, he was named first-team All-Ohio and All-Northeast District twice and to the all-county team. He was instrumental in leading his team to the 2005 Ohio Division I state championship game. Dailey also participated in the 2007 Big 33 Classic and the All-American East vs. West All-Star game. During his career, Dailey recorded 149 tackles, including six sacks, and three interceptions. As a senior, he made 24 catches for 312 yards and three touchdowns and had 14 kick returns for 320 yards. He also played baseball and basketball in high school, earning three baseball letters and lettering during his only season on the hardwood.
Full name is Andrew Frank Dailey. He is the son of Ted and Natalie Dailey, and has a younger brother, Alex. In his spare time, Dailey enjoys golf, movies and fishing. He is a recreation, park and tourism management major. Born February 26, 1989 in Riviera Beach, Fla.