Anthony Zettel

DE/OLB/TE Penn ST

6-4.1, 280, (O) 4.81, 1.66 Split!

31.1" Arms, 28 Reps.

30.5" Vert, 9'4" Broad,

7.63 3-Cone, 4.39 Short Shuttle,

The Penn State Three: Part III.

By TOM

Zettel is a tough one to figure. He had a good season statically in 2015. But it was always so up and down. Even year to year he is up and down. After a great 2014, he was good but not great again in 2015. He garnered 4 sacks, 11 TFL, 6 PBU, to go long with 47 tackles. that made him 3rd team All-Big Ten. In 2014 he was: Named All-Big Ten first-team by the coaches and media. Selected an Athlon Sports fourth-team All-American... Earned All-Big Ten accolades from ESPN.com and BTN.com. He plays up and down and inconsistent as well. But, I suppose that is the life of an penetrator in football. 

He is a pure penetrator right up the gut of an offense. "Anthony is as explosive of a defensive tackle as there will be in the country," Shoop said. "He has great twitch and great get-off." He at his best when he blasts off into the backfield before the OG can grab him. He leaves me confused sometimes, and I'm not the only one. He worked out at his Proday at DT, D-end, and Tight End. Which means other evaluators aren't sure what to do with him either.

I think he can develop into a starter. However right now I see him a Sub guy. But a very valuable Sub-guy that you want in on passing downs as an inside rusher. "I think there's going to be tremendous gains with [backup DTs] Tarow Barney and Parker Cothren," Shoop said. "The fact that those guys will give us a few more reps during a game will save Anthony and Austin and help them become better players in the fourth quarter of games and in two-minute situations when we need them to be at their best." He had half the Sacks and 6 less TFL in 2015.

Zettel had a great 2014 Season. He lead the Lions with 8 sacks, 17 TFL, and an interesting 3 INTs. "I've added a lot of muscle and lost fat," Zettel said. "I feel that I'll be more mobile. I think my experience will help, too." But he still  better statically in 2014: 2014 Season Season: Started all 13 games...Was the only FBS player ranked among the national leaders in sacks and interceptions per game...Became the first Penn State defensive lineman since at least 1959 with at least three interceptions in a season...Moved from defensive end to defensive tackle in 2014...Led the team with 17.0 tackles for loss (minus-72) and 8.0 sacks (minus-46)...Finished third in the Big Ten and tied for 24th nationally in tackles for loss at 1.3 per game...Tied for fifth in the Big Ten and 51st nationally in sacks (0.62 per game)...Finished the season tied for ninth on the squad with 42 tackles (28 solo)...Added a team-high-tying three interceptions, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and eight passes defended...Ended the season with at least 1.0 TFL in seven straight games.

He does get himself in trouble sometimes with his unique personality. He once tried to train by tackling a tree. It didn't work. "It wasn't the smartest thing I've done," Zettel said. "It didn't feel good on my shoulder. So I'm glad I didn't get hurt. But it happened. We evolved on things we wish we didn't do." It was one of the dumb and dumber college football moments. "Although it was interesting and fun to watch, it was not real comforting," the HC of PSU James Franklin said.

But the good news is that he is a top competitor, and an all-out all the time guy. "He's a unique leader," Shoop said. "He keeps everybody loose. He keeps me loose, which is good. Right before a game, he might lean in and crack a joke to me. He knows the right time for something like that." But his arms were 31" at the Combine. That is a bad number. He is one of those guys who drives me nuts. It seems for every good thing I see, I find a bad thing.

He seems to play better as the game goes on. Great quick hands fighting inside, which he needs with his short arms. Great conditioning, and keeps going as other guys slow down around him. "Zettel's probably one of the five most athletic guys on our team," his teammate Angelo Mangiro said. "He's a phenomenal athlete. I told him after we're done we're going to start a UTube channel: What Can Zettel Do?" What he can do is win with quickness. Great blast off the line. He gets into the backfield as quick as anyone and disrupts the play. He uses his great quick hands to prevent the blocker from grabbing his shirt. 

When he isn't trying to blast off into the QB every play, he is not a bad run defender. He does a good job of still getting in on the tackle. When he is locked in, he can split the double team and hit the RB at the LOS. He gets knocked backwards more than you'd like, but he is a relentless competitor. You can see him use his quick hands to free himself form the OG three or four yards downfield, and fight his way back into the play a lot. 

When he guesses the count, there are not a lot of guys more disruptive than him. He has a great burst of the snap, and always has his hands moving. He needs to get stronger, but he is a great hand fighter. Slapping, chopping, and grabbing arms as he tries to burst past a shoulder. But when he gets caught it can be bad.

He can get beat up a little as he is not stout against the run, but he is very good hand fighting off big OGs who knock him backwards, shedding, and then charging the RB trying to run through the hole. He is not super stout, but he still gives great effort when knocked backwards. He can shed moving backwards, or with a great lateral burst once he gets his shirt clean with his hands. Changes direction off blocks as well as anyone in this Draft. He is a great conditioned athlete who doesn't get hurt, and stays on the field. So you know he plays through pain, nicks, and bruises.

He is so good at stunting to the other side and sacking the QB. He always seems to end up past the LOS. He has amazing consistency popping the OG two yards back right off the snap. He is so good at bursting into the OG, driving him back, and then looping around and getting to the RB running on the other side. Great at using quick feet and hands to turn the short corner. Terrific spin move that he can use to redirect to the QB. What will get him drafted is that even his biggest critics have to admit that he has that knack for rushing the quarterback inside. He can get penetration. He can sub in nickel and dime packages, and rush from either side of the center, and has a lot of experience getting penetration as a 4-Tech. 

He has that quick twitch that you look for. He is always fighting forward towards the QB. Great inside spin move. Hustles down field, and make the tackle on a screen after pressuring the QB. Nice spin move on the OG's outside shoulder. I love that quick swim right up the middle that can flush a QB all by itself. Zettel is really a hit or miss player, who is exploding up field to disrupt the backfield, or getting pushed backwards by the OG. He can hurt you in the run game sometimes. But he also is a great form tackler of trees.

He had a solid career at Penn State: Finished his career tied for No. 7 in Penn State history with Rich McKenzie (1989-92) with 20.0 career sacks...His 38.0 career tackles for loss rank No. 10 all-time at Penn State...Was the only FBS player ranked among the national leaders in sacks and interceptions per game in 2014...Became the first Penn State defensive lineman since at least 1959 with at least three interceptions in a season in 2014.

He garnered a lot of honors and Awards in 2015: Awards: Named third team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media...Selected as the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 28) for the first time in his career after his performance against San Diego State...Was the Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award nominee after his effort against the Aztecs...Selected to the Watch Lists for the Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy, Lombardi Awards...Named a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy...Selected as the Lions Pride Outstanding Senior Player Award winner for the greatest career contributions to Penn State Football.

In some ways, he had a better season in 2014, but he still had a very good 2015 season: 2015 Season: Started 13 games...Started at defensive end at Michigan State, his first start at the position since 2013...Graduated in December with a degree in kinesiology...One of 13 Nittany Lions to earn their degree in December...One of 17 Nittany Lions to have their degree at the TaxSlayer Bowl. at Temple (9/5): Made five tackles...Logged 2.5 tackles for loss...Made back-to-back tackles for loss on Temple's final drive of the second quarter...Combined with Carl Nassib for a TFL in the third quarter...Helped Penn State pile up 15.0 TFL, its most since posting 15.0 vs. Michigan on Sept. 22, 2007. Buffalo (9/12): Made five tackles...Deflected a pass that Carl Nassib grabbed for an interception in the second quarter...Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Bulls to 69 rushing yards, the fewest for an opponent since Illinois (68 yds.) last year. Rutgers (9/19): Recorded two tackles...Part of a defense that held Rutgers to just three points, the fewest in a Big Ten opener since limiting Minnesota to three points in 1994...Helped limit Rutgers to 43 rushing yards, the fewest since giving up just 33 yards to Maryland last season. San Diego State (9/26): Recorded seven tackles...Made his second career fumble recovery...Registered 2.5 tackles for loss, including 0.5 sack, to help Penn State amass 9.0 TFLs in the game...Selected as Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week. Army (10/3): Made four tackles, including one tackle for loss...Forced his second career fumble in the third quarter, a fumble Army recovered. Indiana (10/10): Had two big pass breakups...Deflected one pass on third down to force an Indiana punt after the Hoosiers recovered an on-side kick in the first quarter...Batted down a pass on fourth-and-3 at the PSU 34 to end an Indiana drive...Helped snap Indiana's string of nine games in which the Hoosiers scored 20-plus points...Part of a defense that held Indiana to 234 yards of total offense, the fewest allowed by PSU since giving up 221 at Indiana in 2014...Played a major role in limiting IU to just 79 rushing yards, the second-straight B1G opponent with less than 80 yards rushing vs. Penn State. at Ohio State (10/17): Made four tackles, including 0.5 sack, moving him into a tie for 13th all-time at Penn State...Recorded 1.0 tackle for loss to help Penn State accumulate 10.0 tackles for loss...The 10.0 tackles for loss were the most surrendered by Ohio State in 2015. vs. Maryland (10/24): Made a career-high eight tackles...Recorded 1.0 tackle for loss, which was a sack for a loss of three yards. Illinois (10/31): Made two tackles...Had 1.0 tackle for loss, which was was a sack...Part of a defense that recorded its first Big Ten shutout since blanking Minnesota in 2009 (20-0)...Helped hold Illinois to just 167 yards (37 rushing, 130 passing), the fewest allowed since holding Minnesota to 138 yards (37 rushing, 101 passing) in 2009...As a unit, the defense forced a punt on 12 of Illinois' 15 possessions, with two ending with a turnover on downs and the other halted by an interception. at Northwestern (11/7): Recorded two tackles. Michigan (11/21): Recorded two tackles...Helped hold Michigan to less than 100-yards rushing, the fifth Penn State opponent that failed to reach 100 rushing yards (87 on 30 carries). at Michigan State (11/28): Made two tackles...Added one pass breakup. vs. Georgia (1/2): Collected four tackles...Sacked Greyson Lambert for a loss of nine yards in the third quarter...Also added one pass breakup.  

He has such a unique talent to make linemen miss inside at DT. He has great hands to punch blockers off his body. He gets from a hand down to in the QBs face as quick as anyone I've ever seen. I like how he can hold off the OG with his arm, and get the other arm up and into the QB's face as he throws. He can take the big hit off the snap, and turn sideways, and go after the RB on the other side of the line. He has such great body control. He does a nice job grabbing two blockers when he twists inside to spring Johnson on a twist. He will line up at 5-Tech when they go into an Odd front, and he can still hit the QB out that wide. He does such a nice job hitting the outside blocker when he is stunting outside, to free up his teammate to the QB.

Additional Notes:

Georgia: He has that great quick burst right off the snap that teams crave. But he also has great quick hands and uses them so well to slap and club off blockers hands and arms, and then boom he is by their shoulder. That quick burst and quick hands are going to make him a lot of money in the NFL. Great recovery quickness when he is slanting to the right and the RB cuts against the grain. He can still get in on the tackle. Which is a lot more difficult than it sounds like. Nice arm extended swim move.

Illinois: Great snap anticipation. He read the snap, and is past the OC before he can get his hands up. He shots into the backfield and causes all kinds of confusion, but can have trouble locating the ball. Great hands. He gets his hands up and gets aggressive on the OG's arms and they can't touch him. When he doesn't win with his quick hands and initial burst, he gets knocked around a lot. Runs himself out of plays sometimes. Falls down in the backfield sometimes when he over extends. He has a nasty spin move that gets him to the opposite shoulder of the blocker and to the ball carrier.  

Michigan: He is a blur bursting through the A-gap. Plays more than one position inside. From 4-tech to 5-tech to 3-tech. Great blast off the snap. He was second to Bosa in 2014 with 17 TFL in the Big Ten. Sometimes gets into the backfield too quickly, and runs himself out of the play. But that's his game, disrupt or die. He might be a 5-Tech in the NFL, but I think he is an Even front penetrator who causes problems for the opponents offense or his own defense.

Combine: He can really move. He looked like a better athlete in bag drill than I thought he was. He is a bit of a tweener, and I'm not sure how to judge him. But in today's NFL, he sure would look good if you stuck him inside and let him rush up the gut. Very quick natural hands. He looked amazingly good in coverage drills at Combine. He was one of the best in tweener drills at Combine.

Bob Shoop PSU's DC: "I think Zettel just being so quick, and so good with his hands, his takeoff, he really makes you, makes me have to be quick with my first step. (I) have to be very precise where I'm landing my hands on him, make sure I'm not stepping under myself at all in the run game. In the pass, make sure I'm not lunging at all, make sure I'm sitting back. But at the same time, [he] can just flatten out and hit with the bull, too. He's a very hard person to block.''  

The Penn State Three Vs Ohio State 2015:

Zettel #98 is a very hit or miss player. He is pure penetration like Easley was at FLA ST. Here he is a 3-Tech blasting up the middle. He is pure explosion off the snap, and his best position in the NFL might be as a designated inside rusher. Ohio State is Zoning blocking to the Blindside, watch how he blasts past the ORT and is in the RB's face as he is getting the ball from the QB. He is a pure one-gapper, who disrupts blocking schemes more than makes plays. He blows the play up so the LB can make the play (:01). Here Nassib is protecting the edge, but gets distracted by a blocker going to the 2nd level. Johnson is shading the OC. He takes on the double team and follows the blocking scheme. I see him as a pure NT, but he has value for 4-3 teams as well.

Zettel bursts into the backfield going against the O-line slant, and gets in the QB's face. Nassib looks a little confused Dropping in a Zone Blitz, but gets into the passing lane nicely. Johnson follows the blocking scheme and plugs it up (:06). This is what Nassib does best. He lines up in a Wide-9, and tries to take the outside shoulder of the ORT to the QB. Zettel and Johnson switch sides. You get a nice look at Nassib's quick hands. He slaps his arms down, clubs his shoulder and almost turns the short corner (:12). Meanwhile, Johnson does what he does. He pushes the ORG back until the OC doubles him to stop him from shrinking the pocket. 

Here is Nassib as a more traditional D-End. Watch the speed to power, as he pushes the ORT inside into the RB. Then watch how he read the QB, and sheds the ORT with his hands like the QB h as the ball. Johnson gets good push right off the snap and shoves the ORG back. He forces the RB to cut back to the blindside (:27). Nassib tries to split the double, but gets caught. He gets shoved back three yards by the double before he can shed them. Then he gets in front of the RB and forces him to cut back as he gets tackled by the OG.

This is a great play by Nassib. He blasts off through the tight end zone blocking inside. When the RB tries to cut back he sheds the TE and jumps on top of him, but he falls off the tackle. Johnson lined up at 3-Tech. He is doubled and holds his ground like a pillar, and helps force him to cut back. But as happens with a pure one-gapers at 3-Tech, Zettel gets pushed back, and then falls out of the hole shedding the ORG (:37-38). Johnson and Nassib take down the right side of the line and force the RB to the Blindside (:50). Odd front with Nassib at 9-Tech, Zettel as the blindside DE. Johnson alone in the middle as the Nose tackle. Johnson gets a nice blast off and puts the Center on skates. Then he is knocked sideways by the OLG's double. Zettel tries to Rip under Taylor, but Taylor just grabs a hold of his shirt, and is too big and strong for Zettel, whose biggest weakness is his strength (:59). Meanwhile Nassib just does his thing. He is a bigger Mike Vrabel. Watch him put speed to power and Bull the ORT back towards the QB. But at the last second the ORG Elfin dives over and shoves him outside past the QB. 

Johnson powers into the OC, then follows the blocking scheme. He sees the QB has the ball, and watch how quickly he shoves off the OC and goes and attacks Braxton Miller in the backfield, but Miller is too quick for him. However, watch Nassib. He rides the TE inside, following the scheme. He sees Miller has the ball stops and sheds. Then he goes and gets Miller, but Miller is too shifty for big D-linemen to grab when he can see them. But Nassib was there. He whiffs, regains his balance, and then tackles Miller from behind. That is a great hustle play by Nassib (1:09). This is nice team work. Watch Nassib stunt inside, and trap three blockers in there. Johnson stunts outside and finds a lane to the QB inside the ORT. But he sees the QB winding up so he stops, and times his leap perfectly to knock the pass down (1:09). That play was made possible by the great teamwork by Nassib who blocked four O-linemen inside on the stunt.

Ohio State spreads it out again, and Nassib goes to 9-Tech. This is what he does best. He gets the outside shoulder of the ORT, and is very adept at dipping under him. But watch the hands here. He beats the ORT so badly that he just has to double slap his hands down, and he is chasing the QB out of the pocket. And of course Johnson just does what he does. He absorbs the double team block in the middle so his fast teammates can get up field (1:28). Watch how Elflein watches Johnson for a split second too long, and turns too late to help the ORT. Johnson really occupied three blockers on that play.

Zettel got beat up a little and put on the bench for a while. Now he is back in at 3-Tech. Watch how he explodes up field right through the scheme and gets tackled by Elflein. That is an obvious Hold that would have been called at Penn. When he is not exploding into the backfield, he can be a liability. But there are not a lot of guys in this Draft who can consistently disrupt as much as he does (1:38). Watch Johnson shed the OC and keep his mammoth body in front of Barrett like a dancing bear. Nassib blows up the blocking scheme of two blockers and the RB, and forces Barrett to keep the ball on the Option run.

Zettel is in at 4-Tech. He fights into the backfield through the OLG. Johnson goes in as the 3-Tech, and I like this fight. He tries to swim over Elflein. But Elflein shows some nice hands fighting off Johnson's hands. He sees Elliot cut inside, and cuts him off. Now watch this agility and quickness for a NT. Elliot read the block, and bounces it to the other side of Elflein. Johnson spins through Elflein's hold and engulfs Elliot like a tidal wave (1:49). Nassib also does a great job. He gets into the ORT, and reads the Option run so he stops. Then he fights off the Hold by the ORT, sheds him, and flashes himself into the RB.

Ohio State runs a ton of misdirection plays, and this is a great example. All three of the Penn State Three get destroyed by the misdirection run here (1:59). Goal line! Or at least short yardage by the goal line. Here is another great example of Ohio State's misdirection play. Nassib sets the edge, and then bounces inside thinking Elliot has the ball. Zettel is in at 3-tech and tries to swim into the hole (2:09). Johnson goes to power into the hole for Elliot, sees the hole developing to his left, and starts moving into it. Barrett reads the movement of the Pen State Three perfectly and kept the ball. Johnson tries to shed the OC and gets to the other side, but he was trapped. That was a great example of the Option QB reading the Option run perfectly.

This is what Zettel does best. He moves up field, double hand slaps the OG's arms, and turns the short corner into the backfield. He doesn't make as many plays as you'd like, but like Easley he disrupts a lot of plays so his teammates can make the play (2:14). Zettel, in at 4-Tech, puts a little speed to power, but gets stopped by the double. Johnson, in at 3-Tech, uses his quick hands brilliantly to free himself from two blockers, and then uses his quick feet to stay in front of Barrett in case he takes off. That is an great example of some great movement skills by a 320-pound NT (2:23). This is why I had Nassib as a 1st. I know he is a one year wonder, but what a one year. He uses his burst and hands to undress the ORT, which he consistently does on passing downs. Then he absorbed the hit of Elliot, and powers to the QB and forces him to throw.

Zettel tends to play his best between Nassib and Johnson, for obvious reasons. He tends to struggle with stoutness as he tries to burst into the backfield every play. But he does a good job of getting low and holding the point here. Nassib does a nice job powering inside on the misdirection play. Johnson clogs the middle up nicely. But Barrett reads it right, and takes off to his left (2:31). Short yardage and they run away from the Penn State Three (2:45). They line up Johnson and Nassib on the QB's right, so Ohio State runs to the left (3:05). Penn State has to adjust. When they take Zettel out or line him up between Nassib and Johnson, the D-line gets a little too unbalanced.

So they shift #91 between Nassib and Zettel, and Johnson shades the OC to the Blindside, and they put a DE, a DB, and linebackers on that side as well. That forces Ohio State to run right with scheme. Johnson gets stuck inside, as he was looking to the Blindside, and Nassib doesn't set the edge with enough aggression to stop the speed of Miller (3:15). Nassib is pissed and burst up field right off the snap. That lack of discipline allows Elliot to cut back under his pass rush. This Tape is really showing how Ohio State figures out what you are doing and kills you with Elliot and Miller (3:26). Johnson gets trapped inside by the double team by the OC and Elflein. 

Zettel (1-Tech) and Johnson do a great job of clogging the middle of the line. They occupy three blockers, until Elflein can jump past Johnson (and I really like the way Johnson will grab the OG and hold him while he is being blocked by the OC), so the other guys can make the play (3:34). But this is a great play by Nassib. He powers straight into the ORT's chest. He digs him back and gets him just off balance enough. Elliot hits the hole, but Johnson had grabbed hold of Elflein and won't let him lead Elliot to the second level. Elliot has to dance to the right, and Nassib dives on him from behind and takes him down. I like to judge guys when everything is going wrong. Penn State was punched in the face with jab after jab in the run game. Then the Penn State Three all stepped up with great run defense on this play.

Nassib bursts inside with the greatest of ease, and smashed right into Elliot. But Barrett read it perfect and kept it for the big run. Johnson does a great job pounding the OC to the ground, but just misses Barrett's feet as he runs past him (3:40). Nassib and Johnson combine again for great run defense to stuff the RB (3:48). They line up Zettel between Nassib and Johnson again. When Nassib uses his burst and hands together he gets into the backfield as quick as anyone (3:57). Johnson and Zettel slanted to the blindside, expecting the blindside run that was killing them when they lined up Nassib between the other two.

They wing it outside on a WR screen. Watch the hustle of Johnson who gets all the way out there to get in front of the WR (4:05). Watch the great defense of Johnson in at 1-Tech. He sheds two blockers with his hands and crushes Elliot (4:12). Johnson lines up on the Nose. Watch the quick lateral burst, and club. Then he has a lane to the QB that is so big the blitzing LB steals it. He plays so well with his hands and feet in balance with power (4:20). All three guys plug up the middle nicely (4:37). But watch Nassib here. It is easy to forget that he is a 270-pound passrusher. Watch him throw the ORT to the ground with hip torque and hands. Absorb the block of the pulling OLG with his size and shoulder pads. Then he finds the ball carrier in the middle of that massive traffic jam, and makes the tackle. That is a truly great play there.

This is another elite play by the Penn State Three. Nassib and and Zettel clog it up on the strongside, and force Miller to redirect back to the other side. Watch Johnson redirect as well and shadow Miller at the LOS. That is a very large man dancing around the field (4:44). Nassib takes off and beats the ORT to the corner, and flushes the QB (4:53). But you also have to watch Zettel as well. He bursts up field from the 4-Tech. He angles inside a little, and spins inside off the OLG. He sees Braxton take off, and redirects back outside by clubbing the OLG inside. Then he puts his hands up to defend the pass, and grabs the QB and holds him up. Which allows Nassib to sprinting in from behind and knock him 5-yards forward.

Nassib is an amazing speed rusher for such a big guy. He checked in at his Proday at a shade under 280-pounds. He just uses his elite blast off to Dip and Rip around the Corner and crush the QB. That is another great pass rush (5:20). Both Zettel and Johnson get great rushes up the gut by turning the short corner. This forces Barrett to try and dump it off outside, but Nassib was there dancing around the edge, and he leaps up and knocks it down (5:33). Nassib uses a great inside move, after two straight outside moves, and forces Elliot inside (5:42). Where Zettel and Johnson were clogging it up. Zettel got pushed back a little by Elflein, but made the tackle.

Johnson is such a great Nose Tackle. Watch how he holds onto the OC, until Elliot reaches him. Then he uses hip torque and his hands and throws the OC aside and jumps on Elliot. Zettel also does a nice job. He absorbs the double, splits it, and gets in on the tackle (5:52). Johnson and Zettel do a nice job reading the option run. and put a beating on Barnett (6:00). Nassib and Johnson did great jobs shedding the linemen and going inside and getting the RB, but Barrett read it and kept it (6:09). They got burned by the QB running two plays in a row. Johnson holds up the middle of the line to unleash Nassib (6:31). Nassib burst past the ORT, ignoring the misdirection. He sees Barrett keep it, and Sacks him again. That was a great play by Nassib.

Nassib drops into coverage on the Zone Blitz, but can't catch Barrett in the open field. He looked like he was 280-pounds on that play (6:52). Nassib out wide in the 9-Tech. He flashes inside and gets hurt by the great block by Vannett. But watch Johnson at the 4-Tech. He head butts right into the OLG and knocks him back. Watch him just stand their and control him. He fakes inside a little, and gets the RB to bounce around the OLT, and clubs to the other side of the OLG and tackles the RB (7:12). Meanwhile Nassib gets blown off the line by Elflein. But watch how he sheds Elflein and gets back in on the play.

Then Ohio State beats up on them for a while with misdirection plays away from the Penn State Three. So they line the three guys up inside and force the issue. Nassib and Johnson clog up the Dive, and Nassib dismisses the ORT inside with his hands and feet, and crushes the RB (7:56). Another great inside move by Nassib, and Johnson gets inside the OC as well. But Elliot is too quick i n the cutback (8:01). Nassib is completely fooled by the play action, and Johnson and Zettel aren't far behind (8:12). Okay, at the Five with everything on the line. Ohio State scores, game over man (8:20). And they run a fake Shotgun Dive that the Penn State Three stuff, and Barnett flicks it over the top to end the game..

Penn ST Three Vs Ohio ST 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRZtpsz3IQ4

 

 

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Zettel's Official Bio: 

➤ Career Notes & Records
Finished his career tied for No. 7 in Penn State history with Rich McKenzie (1989-92) with 20.0 career sacks...His 38.0 career tackles for loss rank No. 10 all-time at Penn State...Was the only FBS player ranked among the national leaders in sacks and interceptions per game in 2014...Became the first Penn State defensive lineman since at least 1959 with at least three interceptions in a season in 2014.  

 

➤ 2015 ➤ Senior Season
Awards: Named third team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media...Selected as the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 28) for the first time in his career after his performance against San Diego State...Was the Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award nominee after his effort against the Aztecs...Selected to the Watch Lists for the Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy, Lombardi Awards...Named a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy...Selected as the Lions Pride Outstanding Senior Player Award winner for the greatest career contributions to Penn State Football.

2015 Season: Started 13 games...Started at defensive end at Michigan State, his first start at the position since 2013...Graduated in December with a degree in kinesiology...One of 13 Nittany Lions to earn their degree in December...One of 17 Nittany Lions to have their degree at the TaxSlayer Bowl. at Temple (9/5): Made five tackles...Logged 2.5 tackles for loss...Made back-to-back tackles for loss on Temple's final drive of the second quarter...Combined with Carl Nassib for a TFL in the third quarter...Helped Penn State pile up 15.0 TFL, its most since posting 15.0 vs. Michigan on Sept. 22, 2007. Buffalo (9/12): Made five tackles...Deflected a pass that Carl Nassib grabbed for an interception in the second quarter...Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Bulls to 69 rushing yards, the fewest for an opponent since Illinois (68 yds.) last year. Rutgers (9/19): Recorded two tackles...Part of a defense that held Rutgers to just three points, the fewest in a Big Ten opener since limiting Minnesota to three points in 1994...Helped limit Rutgers to 43 rushing yards, the fewest since giving up just 33 yards to Maryland last season. San Diego State (9/26): Recorded seven tackles...Made his second career fumble recovery...Registered 2.5 tackles for loss, including 0.5 sack, to help Penn State amass 9.0 TFLs in the game...Selected as Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week. Army (10/3): Made four tackles, including one tackle for loss...Forced his second career fumble in the third quarter, a fumble Army recovered. Indiana (10/10): Had two big pass breakups...Deflected one pass on third down to force an Indiana punt after the Hoosiers recovered an on-side kick in the first quarter...Batted down a pass on fourth-and-3 at the PSU 34 to end an Indiana drive...Helped snap Indiana's string of nine games in which the Hoosiers scored 20-plus points...Part of a defense that held Indiana to 234 yards of total offense, the fewest allowed by PSU since giving up 221 at Indiana in 2014...Played a major role in limiting IU to just 79 rushing yards, the second-straight B1G opponent with less than 80 yards rushing vs. Penn State. at Ohio State (10/17): Made four tackles, including 0.5 sack, moving him into a tie for 13th all-time at Penn State...Recorded 1.0 tackle for loss to help Penn State accumulate 10.0 tackles for loss...The 10.0 tackles for loss were the most surrendered by Ohio State in 2015. vs. Maryland (10/24): Made a career-high eight tackles...Recorded 1.0 tackle for loss, which was a sack for a loss of three yards. Illinois (10/31): Made two tackles...Had 1.0 tackle for loss, which was was a sack...Part of a defense that recorded its first Big Ten shutout since blanking Minnesota in 2009 (20-0)...Helped hold Illinois to just 167 yards (37 rushing, 130 passing), the fewest allowed since holding Minnesota to 138 yards (37 rushing, 101 passing) in 2009...As a unit, the defense forced a punt on 12 of Illinois' 15 possessions, with two ending with a turnover on downs and the other halted by an interception. at Northwestern (11/7): Recorded two tackles. Michigan (11/21): Recorded two tackles...Helped hold Michigan to less than 100-yards rushing, the fifth Penn State opponent that failed to reach 100 rushing yards (87 on 30 carries). at Michigan State (11/28): Made two tackles...Added one pass breakup. vs. Georgia (1/2): Collected four tackles...Sacked Greyson Lambert for a loss of nine yards in the third quarter...Also added one pass breakup.  

➤ 2014 ➤ Junior Season
Awards: Selected an Athlon Sports fourth-team All-American...Named All-Big Ten first-team by the coaches and media...Earned All-Big Ten accolades from ESPN.com and BTN.com.

Season: Started all 13 games...Was the only FBS player ranked among the national leaders in sacks and interceptions per game...Became the first Penn State defensive lineman since at least 1959 with at least three interceptions in a season...Moved from defensive end to defensive tackle in 2014...Led the team with 17.0 tackles for loss (minus-72) and 8.0 sacks (minus-46)...Finished third in the Big Ten and tied for 24th nationally in tackles for loss at 1.3 per game...Tied for fifth in the Big Ten and 51st nationally in sacks (0.62 per game)...Finished the season tied for ninth on the squad with 42 tackles (28 solo)...Added a team-high-tying three interceptions, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and eight passes defended...Ended the season with at least 1.0 TFL in seven straight games. UCF (8/30): Registered a personal-best 3.0 TFL at the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland, including a sack...Posted a career-high-tying six tackles...Recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter...Notched one pass breakup...Named the coaching staff's Defensive Player of the Week...Helped hold UCF to just 24 rushing yards on 29 attempts...Was part of the goal line stand that held the Knights off the scoreboard on their second drive of the game. Akron (9/6): Recorded a sack for the second straight game...Finished with three tackles. At Rutgers (9/13): Selected Athlon Sports Big Ten Player of the Week and the coaches' Co-Defensive Player of the Week...Totaled four solo tackles...Tied his career-high with 3.0 TFL...Among his three stops behind the line of scrimmage was his third sack of the season, which came on first down during the final Scarlet Knights drive of the game...Guided a defense that held Rutgers to no points, three first downs and just 95 yards in the second half. UMass (9/20): Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Minutemen to just 3 yards rushing, the lowest total allowed by Penn State since 2007 against Notre Dame (zero rushing yards). Northwestern (9/27): Collected four tackles. At Michigan (10/11): Pulled in his second career interception that led to a touchdown pass from Christian Hackenberg to DaeSean Hamilton...It was his second career interception against the Wolverines, with his first career pick coming in the four-overtime win in 2013...Added two tackles...Had one pass breakup. Ohio State (10/25): Nabbed his second interception of the season and returned it 40 yards for his first career touchdown...It was the first interception returned for a touchdown for the Nittany Lions since NaVorro Bowman's 73-yard return against Indiana in 2009...Accounted for the first defensive touchdown for Penn State since Mike Hull's 74-yard fumble return against Navy in 2012...Became the first defensive lineman with an interception return for a TD since Courtney Brown's 25-yard pick-six of Purdue's Drew Brees on Oct. 24, 1999...Also recorded two tackles...Logged one sack...Added one pass breakup. Maryland (11/1): Made one stop, a tackle for loss...Forced a fumble and added one pass breakup...Was instrumental in limiting the Terrapins to 194 yards of total offense, the fewest total yards allowed against a Big Ten opponent since Minnesota (138, 2009). At Indiana (11/8): Logged three solo tackles...Added one sack...Helped boost a defense that held the then-nation's leading rusher, Tevin Coleman, to just 71 yards...Helped the Nittany Lions shut out the Indiana offense, as the Hoosiers scored their fewest points at home since 2006, via a defensive touchdown. Temple (11/15): Recorded three tackles...Notched one sack to help Penn State become bowl eligible...Helped limit Temple to just 61 rushing yards and eight first downs, the fewest for a Penn State opponent since Indiana State had eight in 2011. At Illinois (11/22): Registered one sack for the second straight game...Made three tackles...Helped limit the Illini to 68 rushing yards and two-of-16 on third down conversions. Michigan State (11/29): Notched five tackles...Registered his third game with 3.0 TFL...Added one sack...Hauled in his third interception of the season...Anchored a defensive front that held Michigan State to 298 total yards, marking the only time in 2014 the Spartans were limited to less than 300 yards of total offense. Boston College (12/27): Made a career-high-tying six hits...Tallied 2.0 tackles for loss in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.  

➤ 2013 ➤ Sophomore Season
Season: Appeared in all 12 games, with a pair of starts...Recorded 16 tackles (11 solo), with two pass breakups and one interception...Finished second on the team with 4.0 sacks (minus-32)...Collected 6.0 tackles for loss (minus-43), making more than 35 percent of his tackles behind the line of scrimmage. UCF (9/14): Made two tackles. At Indiana (10/5): Recorded a sack for a 9-yard loss in the Big Ten-opener. Michigan (10/12): Made his first career start...Accounted for three stops, two solo...Grabbed his first career interception, returning it 18 yards to set up a touchdown that gave Penn State a 14-0 lead. At Ohio State (10/26): Made four stops, including 2.0 TFL for minus-11 yards. Illinois (11/2): Recorded one sack for minus-11 yards in his second start of the season. Purdue (11/16): Posted one tackle...Added one pass breakup. At Wisconsin (11/30): Finished the season with two sacks for minus-12 yards...Added one quarterback hurry.  

➤ 2012 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Season: Appeared in all 12 games...Recorded 15 tackles (10 solo) and 4.0 sacks...Added two pass breakups. Ohio (9/1): Made his collegiate debut...Recorded three tackles. Navy (9/15): Delivered six tackles...Notched his first career sack, making two QB takedowns. At Iowa (10/20): Recorded one sack as part of a two-tackle effort. At Purdue (11/3): Made one solo stop...Added one pass breakup. Indiana (11/17): Recorded one sack.  

➤ 2011 ➤ True Freshman Season
Redshirt season.  

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