Thirteen Lions earn Dean's List recognition by earning a 3.5 GPA or higher this past semester
Zach Ladonis was a Penn State student with his football career in the rear view mirror until he participated in a walk-on tryout in September 2013. At the September 18 tryout, he caught the eye of the Nittany Lion coaching staff and less than three weeks later he was snapping on punts in the Big Ten-opener at Indiana. The Berwick High School product snapped in five games and was one of 12 true freshmen to see game action for the Nittany Lions in 2013. The Nescopeck, Pa., native enters his second season as a leading candidate to handle the kick snapping duties on a full-time basis. Ladonis plans to major in aerospace engineering and is one of the squad's strongest students. He earned Dean's List recognition with a superlative 3.74 grade-point average during the 2014 spring semester. He brought a 3.55 cumulative GPA into the summer and is a potential Academic All-Big Ten candidate. Ladonis is among 15 returning Nittany Lions from Eastern Pennsylvania.
2013 (Freshman Season)
Ladonis joined the team after taking part in walk-on tryouts on September 18 and made his first career appearance a little more than two weeks later, on October 5 at Indiana. Ladonis handled the punt snapping duties against the Hoosiers in the Big Ten-opener. He also served as the kick snapper on punts against Michigan, at Ohio State, against Illinois and against Nebraska and earned a letter. He was one of 12 true freshmen to see game action during the season. He earned Dean's List recognition by compiling a 3.74 grade-point average during the 2014 spring semester.
Ladonis was a two-year letterman for head coach George Curry at Berwick Senior High School. He served as the team's kick snapper and saw time at tight end. He was selected to play in the UNICO Senior All-Star game. Ladonis also lettered in basketball.
Full name is Zachary Tyler Ladonis. He is the son of David and Carla Everett-Ladonis. He has an older brother, Alec, and a younger brother, Josh. Alec played tight end at Alfred University from 2011-13. His mother and an aunt both attended Penn State. Ladonis plans to major in aerospace engineering. He owned a 3.55 cumulative grade-point average after the 2014 spring semester. Born August 31, 1994 in Berwick, Pa.