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The Penn State football team has featured numerous brother tandems on the roster at the same time during the Joe Paterno era, including Josh and Ethan Hull and Patrick and Michael Mauti on the 2009 squad. Somewhat rarer, though, is the brotherly tie for redshirt freshman Mark Wedderburn, who arrived in Happy Valley 10 years after one of his older brothers, Floyd, had played his senior season as a Nittany Lion. Mark is a talented and athletic tight end who has made considerable progress during his initial year in the program. He has good size and strength and reliable hands. With Andrew Quarless and Mickey Shuler entering their senior seasons, gaining experience for Wedderburn this season will be vital in developing immediate depth and experience for 2010 and beyond. Floyd was a standout offensive tackle for the Nittany Lions, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 1998.
2008 Freshman Season
Wedderburn was a standout for Coach Dan Algeo at Cardinal O'Hara HS in suburban Philadelphia. He made 26 catches for 386 yards and one touchdown his senior season. As a junior, he had 24 catches for 354 yards and five touchdowns and was selected second-team all-conference. Scout.com rated him the No. 13 tight end in the nation and he was selected to play in the 2008 Big 33 Classic. Wedderburn was captain of the football and basketball squads.
Wedderburn is the son of Pauline and Minard Wedderburn. He has four older siblings, Kevin, Ricardo, Floyd and Suzie. Floyd played football at Penn State as an offensive tackle, earning letters in 1997 and '98, and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, playing in Seattle from 1999-2003. Mark's family lived in Jamaica before moving to the Philadelphia area. In his free time, Wedderburn enjoys spending time with friends. He is interested in a career as a lawyer. Born January 9, 1990 in Upper Darby, Pa.