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Mike Pettigano

Redshirt Sophomore Anthony Zettel spurned his two instate powerhouses, Michigan and Michigan State, to become a part of Joe Paterno's final class at Penn State, in 2011. He redshirted his freshman season, bulked up significantly last year under Craig Fitzgerald, and became a key backup in LJ Sr's defensive line rotation in 2012.

Zettel saw time in all twelve games last year, with his best performance (and most time) coming in the season's first victory, a 34-7 dismantling of Navy that saw the End notch two sacks and four tackles. He finished the season with fifteen tackles (ten solo) and four sacks, and will likely pick up production this year with the departure of Sean Stanley and Pete Massaro, fighting for significant time with CJ Olaniyan and Brad Bars opposite Deion Barnes in the End spot.

Coming into Penn State a virtual consensus four-star, Zettel was first team all-state as a senior in high school. He recorded 107 tackles (82 solo) and seven sacks his senior year, and also played basketball and baseball, and set a Michigan state high school record in shot put.


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