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Junior quarterback named to his fourth preseason watch list
Senior is among the candidates for the Most Outstanding Center; Carter nominated for Most Outstanding Tight End
Zettel earns preseason first-team All-America, All-Big honors from Phil Steele's College Football Preview
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The Nittany Lions opened the home portion of their 2014 schedule against the Akron Zips at Beaver Stadium Sept. 6, 2014.
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➤ 2014 ➤ Junior Season
Awards: Named a preseason candidate for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate tight end…Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the third time in his career. Season: Made one of the most memorable catches in Penn State history when he hauled in the game-tying touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone that set up Sam Ficken’s game-winning extra point against Boston College in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl...Appeared in all 13 games with 10 starts to run his career total to 16 starts...Made 16 catches for 153 yards and one touchdown. UCF (8/31): Snagged two passes for 21 yards, including a 16-yard catch and run, in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. Akron (9/6): Made one catch for 23 yards in the 21-3 win. At Rutgers (9/13): Grabbed two passes for 13 yards in the 13-10 come-from-behind victory in the Big Ten-opener. UMass (9/20): Made one catch for six yards in the 48-7 win. At Michigan (10/11): Tallied one grab for seven yards. Ohio State (10/25): Caught one pass for four yards. Maryland (11/1): Hauled in two passes for 21 yards. Michigan State (11/29): Gained 28 yards on three catches. Boston College (12/27): His 10-yard touchdown grab set up Sam Ficken’s game-winning extra point in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium...Made three catches for 30 yards and his only score of the season.
➤ 2013 ➤ Sophomore Season
Awards: Named a mid-season candidate for the John Mackey Award…Selected Academic All-Big Ten for the second time. Season: Made 18 catches for 222 yards during his second season on the field...Appearing in all 12 games, with four starts, he was tied for fourth on the squad in receptions...Carter’s efforts as a blocker and receiver helped the Nittany Lions rush for 2,088 yards and throw for 3,110 yards…Limited by an arm injury suffered during the season-opener against Syracuse, but did not miss any games. Eastern Michigan (9/7): Made two catches for 16 yards. UCF (9/14): Tallied two catches for 23 yards, including a long of 15 yards. Kent State (9/21): Made one catch for 29 yards in the first quarter that set up the first touchdown of the game. At Indiana (10/5): Tied his career-high with six catches for a season-high 79 yards, including a 26-yard catch to set up a score. Michigan (10/12): Hauled in a pair of catches for 24 yards in the four-overtime win...One of his catches came in the fourth quarter that set up a fourth-and-one, which Penn State converted on its way to a field goal that drew the Lions within 34-27 against the Wolverines. Illinois (11/2): Snagged the game-winning touchdown pass, a 15-yarder from Christian Hackenberg in overtime. At Minnesota (11/9): Made one catch for eight yards. Nebraska (11/23): Made two catches for 25 yards, including a long of 22 yards in the third quarter. At Wisconsin (11/30): Notched one catch in the big 31-24 season-ending victory.
➤ 2012 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Awards: Named a consensus first-team Freshman All-American, earning the honor from CBSsports.com, Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com, Fox Sports/Scout.com and Phil Steele’s College Football...A first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media and was the only freshman named to the 2012 John Mackey Award Mid-Season Watch List...Named Academic All-Big Ten for the first time. Season: Played in nine games, which included two starts during his first campaign on the field...Second on the team with 36 receptions for 453 yards (12.6) and two touchdowns. Ohio (9/1): Made six catches in his Nittany Lion debut. At Virginia (9/8): Had four catches, including his first career touchdown on an 8-yard connection with Matt McGloin. Temple (9/22): Tallied five catches for 70 yards. At Illinois (9/29): Hauled in three catches for 45 yards in the 35-7 victory to open Big Ten play. Northwestern (10/6): Made four receptions for 44 yards in the 39-28 comeback decision. At Iowa (10/20): Broke his career-high with 85 yards and tied his season-high with six catches, all in the first half, en route to Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolades...Made a superlative 34-yard catch and run to the Iowa 11-yard line to set up a first-quarter touchdown for a 14-0 lead. Ohio State (10/27): Registered a game-high six receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown...Had a 20-yard touchdown catch and a 21-yard grab against the Buckeyes. At Nebraska (11/10): After missing the Purdue game due to a sprained ankle suffered in the Ohio State game, he returned to the field to make one catch for 12 yards before suffering the wrist injury that ended his year.
➤ 2011 ➤ True Freshman Season
➤ High School
Third-team all-state selection for coach Bill Cole at William Penn High School as a senior...Moved to tight end for his senior season after playing wide receiver as a junior...Selected a first-team all-conference tight end as a senior and a second-team defensive end as a junior...Compiled a 3.5 grade-point average.
Full name is Kyle T. Carter...Son of Mitchell and Charlene Carter...Enjoys playing video games, watching TV and working out...Graduated in December 2014 with a degree in kinesiology...Interested in a career as a physical therapist or an athletic trainer...Born December 17, 1992 in New Castle, Del.
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