Anthony Zettel Named To The Incredibly Important Piesman Trophy Watch List

Anthony Zettel has been named to the watch list for what is quite possibly the most important award that has ever existed, the Piesman Trophy.

The folks at SBNation fought the good fight this offseason to create an award for those who deserve it most: offensive and defensive linemen doing small, fast-people things.

“The Piesman Trophy will be awarded for the best play in which a lineman throws, catches, or runs with the ball, because those are things linemen don’t usually do. The play can come from any level of college football, from FBS to Division III,” SBNation’s Ryan Nanni wrote.

Penn State’s tree-tackling, spin-kicking, dinosaur-impersonating defensive tackle is a no-brainer for the list. He intercepted three passes last year, including taking one back for a touchdown in the second half of the Ohio State game. Fans that will follow the Piesman drama this season should keep an eye on Zettel — an entertainer on and off the field, he can mix raw athleticism with showmanship, which should give him the edge he needs to take home this immeasurably prestigious honor. Zettel is on three other preseason watch lists, as he was nominated for the Nagurski (National Defensive Player of the Year), Rotary Lombardi (Best Lineman/Linebacker), and Outland (Best Lineman) trophies.

The Piesman’s 39-player watch list features 12 other Big Ten linemen. A handful of linemen-turned-tight ends were included, but otherwise no other positions — so sorry, Joe “Big Toe” Julius.

There will legitimately be a Piesman Trophy ceremony in New York City on Friday, Dec. 11. Finalists for the award will be announced in late November. Stay tuned for updates in this ground-breaking award’s inaugural season.

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