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
2007 Freshman Season