One of the most fiercely contested battles in training camp figures to come at the defensive end spot opposite Deion Barnes, the 2012 Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year. With Pete Massaro and Sean Stanley having graduated, sophomore Anthony Zettel should be among a primary trio of players battling for a starting assignment. The strong, highly-skilled and instinctive Zettel made a strong impression during his first season on the field. Playing in every game, the former Ogemaw Heights High School all-state selection recorded 15 tackles (10 solo), four of which were sacks for minus-19 yards. The high-energy Zettel has good speed and a nose for the ball and should have an opportunity to be a significant contributor on defense and the special teams during the next three seasons. Zettel joins C.J. Olaniyan and Allen Robinson as returning Nittany Lions from Michigan.
2012 (Sophomore Season)
In his first season on the field, Zettel played in all 12 games and made an immediate impact when he took the field. He made 15 tackles (10 solo), recording 4.0 sacks and adding two pass breakups. His 4.0 sacks (minus-19) were tied for third on the team and tied with linebacker Mike Hull for the most among non-starters. Zettel made three tackles against Ohio in his Nittany Lion debut. He delivered a big six-tackle effort that included two sacks (minus-15 yards) in the 34-7 win over Navy in Bill O'Brien's first career head coaching victory. Zettel recorded a sack during a two-tackle effort in the 38-14 prime time victory at Iowa. He made one solo stop and had a pass breakup in the 34-9 win at Purdue and recorded a sack in the win over Indiana.
2011 (Freshman Season)
Zettel was a first-team all-state selection as a senior for Coach Andrew Pratley at Ogemaw Heights High School. As a senior, he recorded 82 solo tackles, 25 assisted tackles and dropped the quarterback in the backfield seven times. Zettel received a four-star rating from Rivals.com and was the nation's No. 6 prep defensive end. He was captain of the basketball team and played baseball. Zettel also was a standout in the shot put, throwing a toss of 61 feet, 8 inches to set a Michigan high school state record.
Full name is Anthony Joseph Zettel. He is the son of Terry and Carrie Zettel. He has two brothers, Kyle and Easton, and one sister, Jenna. He enjoys outdoor sports, fishing, spending time with friends, dancing and singing. Zettel is a kinesiology major and is interested in a career as a strength and conditioning coach or a chiropractor. Born August 9, 1992 in Tawas, Mich.