Technically, barring some craziness, this should be Anthony Zettel's first full season as a starter on the defensive line. That's a technicality, of course, because he split time the past two years at defensive end with, amongst others, Deion Barnes, CJ Olaniyan, Carl Nassib, Brad Bars, Pete Massaro--you get the idea. But in 2014, Zettel has bulked up (now reportedly at 274 pounds) and shifted to the inside--where he'll look to be a full-time starter alongside yesterday's poster boy, Austin Johnson.
Even though he didn't start either his full redshirt freshman or sophomore seasons (he did have some games started here and there), Zettel's play impressed when he saw time (especially versus Navy--when he had six tackles and two sacks in an 11-play stretch). He had speed around the edge in both years, showing flashes of brilliance while fighting for playing time. In both seasons, he saw time in each game; in 2013, he logged 16 tackles (11 solo), and had 15 (10 solo) as a frosh. He had four sacks each of the last two years (2nd on the team in '13, most for a non-starter in '12), and 2 PBUs each year.
It'll be exciting to see what he does in a full-time starting role, even if it is in the middle instead of the edge. And we aren't the only ones excited.