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Penn State Football: Carter And Zettel Set To Take Part In East-West Shrine Game

by on January 20, 2016 11:00 AM

The long road towards a shot at professional football will continue for two former Nittany Lions as Penn State senior tight end Kyle Carter and senior defensive tackle Anthony Zettel will take part in the 91st East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The game will kickoff at 4 p.m., and air on the NFL Network. The duo will bring Penn State's program total of Shrine Game participants to 77 overall. Last season offensive lineman Miles Dieffenbach took part in the game.

While at Penn State, Carter started three games in 12 appearances this season. He was selected as the Quarterback Club Award winner, an award he shared with Tarow Barney, for the student-athlete who deserves special recognition. Carter led all tight ends with 14 catches for 135 yards this season. In 2014, Carter had 16 catches for 153 yards and a touchdown, which set-up Sam Ficken’s game-winning extra point at the Pinstripe Bowl. He had a career-high 36 catches for 453 yards and two scores in 2012. For his career, Carter had 84 catches for 963 yards and four touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball, Zettel garnered third team All-Big Ten honors after collecting 47 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks this season. He was second on the team in pass breakups (6) and passes defended (6). He finished his career tied for seventh in career sacks (20.0) and 10th in tackles for loss (38.0). Zettel was a fourth team All-American by Athlon in 2014 after recording 17.0 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks to go along with 42 tackles. He was also a first team All-Big Ten selection as was the only FBS player ranked among the national leaders in sacks and interceptions per game in 2014. He finished his career with 120 tackles and four interceptions.

Off the field, the East-West Shrine Game has helped raise money and awareness for Shriners Hospitals for Children, a health care system with 22 locations dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.


Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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