PLAYER
Anthony Zettel
DE #69
Height:
6-4
Weight:
270
Age:
25
College:
Penn State
Hometown:
West Branch, MI
Experience:
2

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Biography

Zettel played four years and turned in an impressive career at Penn State. Concluded his collegiate career tied for seventh on Penn State’s all-time sack list with 20.0.  He also placed 10th on the list for most tackles for loss with 38.0. Was the first Penn State defensive lineman to have three interceptions in a season since 1959.

MANE FACTS

  • Pronunciation: ZEDDLE

TRANSACTIONS

  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round (202nd overall) of the 2016 NFL draft.

PRO

2016: Inactive in Week 1 at Indianapolis (9/11).

  • Inactive in Week 2 against Tennessee (9/18).
  • Recorded one tackle in his first game as a Lion in Week 3 at Green Bay (9/25). 
  • Made a career-high four tackles in Week 6 against Los Angeles (10/16).
  • In Week 7 against Washington (10/23), recorded one solo tackle.
  • Inactive in Week 8 at Houston (10/30).
  • Recorded one solo tackle in the Lions' 22-16 overtime victory in Week 9 at Minnesota (11/6).
  • In Week 11 against Jacksonville (11/20), combined for two tackles.
  • In Week 12 against Minnesota on Thanksgiving (11/24), combined for one tackle in the Lions’ 16-13 victory.
  • Recorded his first career sack in Week 15 at New York Giants (12/18) when he took down Giants QB Eli Manning for a seven-yard loss. Also recorded two solo tackles.
  • Notched one solo tackle in Week 17 vs. Green Bay (1/1).

COLLEGE
Zettel played four years and turned in an impressive career at Penn State. Concluded his collegiate career tied for seventh on Penn State’s all-time sack list with 20.0. He also placed 10th on the list for most tackles for loss with 38.0. Was the first Penn State defensive lineman to have three interceptions in a season since 1959.

2015: Named All-Big Ten Third Team by both the coaches and media. Was selected to the Watch Lists for the Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award. Earned the Lions Pride Outstanding Senior Player Award for the greatest career contributions to Penn State Football.

  • Recorded seven tackles, two and a half tackles for loss, including a half sack and fumble recovery against San Diego State.
  • Selected as the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career for his performance against San Diego State.
  • Made four tackles, including one tackle for loss and a forced fumble against Army.
  • Had four tackles, one sack and one pass defense in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Georgia.

2014: Started all 13 games. Selected as a fourth-team All-American by Athlon Sports. Named All-Big Ten First Team by the coaches and the media. Received All-Big Ten accolades from ESPN.com and BTN.com. Was the only FBS player ranked among the national leaders in sacks and interceptions per contest. Recorded a team leading 17.0 tackles for loss with eight sacks.

  • Registered a personal-best six tackles with three tackles for loss, a sack, a fumble recovery and a pass defense at the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland against UCF.
  • Was named the coaching staff’s Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against UCF.
  • Snagged an interception and returned it 40 yards for his first career touchdown against Ohio State.
  • Tied his career high with six tackles, including two tackles for loss in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Boston College.

2013: Appeared in all 12 games and started two. Recorded 16 tackles (11 solo) with six tackles for loss and two sacks. Also notched two pass defenses and one interception on the season.

  • Recorded a sack in the Big Ten opener against Indiana.
  • Made his first career start against Michigan, recording three tackles (two solo) and one interception returned for 18 yards.
  • Recorded a sack in his second start of the season against Illinois.

2012: Appeared in all 12 games, recording 15 tackles (10 solo) and four sacks.

  • Made his college debut against Ohio and tallied three tackles.
  • Recorded six tackles and first career sack against Navy.

2011: Redshirted.

PERSONAL
Played high school football at Ogemaw Heights (Mich.) High School. Recorded 82 solo tackles, 25 assisted tackles and seven sacks as a senior. Rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. Ranked as the nation's No. 6 prep defensive end. Lettered in baseball, basketball and track and field. Set the Michigan high school state record in the shot put with a toss of 61 feet, 8 inches.

  • Full name is Anthony Joseph Zettel.
  • He is the son of Terry and Carrie Zettel.
  • Has two brothers, Kyle and Easton, and one sister, Jenna.
  • Graduated in December 2015 with a degree in kinesiology.
  • Interested in a career as a strength and conditioning coach.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Zettel on staying focused

    Posted Sep 11, 2017

    DE Anthony Zettel talks about how he likes the vibe in the locker room on Monday following the win versus the Cardinals and says the team is focused on stacking wins together.

  • Zettel on QB sack

    Posted Sep 10, 2017

    DE Anthony Zettel talks about how awesome it feels to get a sack with the entire defense on the same page.

  • Zettel on expectations for defensive line

    Posted Aug 27, 2017

    DE Anthony Zettel talks about how the preseason is still a learning process and everyone on the defensive line needs to understand their role.

  • Zettel on making Hyder proud

    Posted Aug 14, 2017

    DL Anthony Zettel says the defensive line is stepping up and playing well with DE Kerry Hyder Jr.'s support.

  • Postgame 1 on 1: Anthony Zettel

    Posted Aug 13, 2017

    Tori Petry talks with DE Anthony Zettel on the FOX 2 postgame show about his confidence with the defense in his second season.

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