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Anthony Zettel Named To ESPN’s All-Big Ten Preseason Team

Anthony Zettel found himself on another preseason watch list Monday morning, earning a spot on ESPN’s 2015 All-Big Ten preseason team.

Zettel is paired with Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun, and Nebraska’s Maliek Collins on the defensive line. He’s the only Penn Stater on either the offensive or defensive preseason ESPN teams, while Ohio State — the preseason AP No. 1 team — paces the way with eight representatives.

“One of the biggest personalities in the B1G, Zettel makes offenses pay with his quickness and athleticism,” ESPN writes in its description of the lineman. “Even led his team with three interceptions last year.”

Zettel enjoyed an offseason that saw him transform into a bit of an internet celebrity. It began when a video of the 6-foot-4 lineman tackling a tree surfaced online. Another video of him jump-kicking a water bottle soon followed, along with appearances on SportsCenter.

On the field, Zettel pledged during the offseason that he hoped to be an All-American in 2015. Pundits certainly believe that’s possible: he’s been named to a host of watch lists and preseason teams, including the All-Big Ten teamBednarik Award watch list, and watch lists for the National Defensive Player of the Year, Outland Trophy for the Best Lineman in College Football, and the Rotary Lombardi Award for the Best College Football Lineman/Linebacker.

As a junior, Zettel had a breakout season, serving as the only player in college football among leaders in sacks and picks per game. He was also the first Nittany Lion lineman in more than 50 years with a minimum of three interceptions.

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