Franklin, seniors Lucas, Mangiro, Zettel to represent Penn State at Big Ten Kickoff
Head coach James Franklin and seniors Jordan Lucas, Angelo Mangiro and Anthony Zettel will comprise the Penn State contingent for the 44th annual Big Ten Kickoff in Chicago on July 30-31.
Penn State will participate in events on Friday, July 31.
The nation's largest conference preseason public event includes autograph and photo sessions for fans, breakout media sessions with outlets from around the country and a luncheon that features comments from all 14 head coaches.
Lucas has been a preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele and a second-team All-Big Ten choice by Lindy's. An honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick last season, Lucas is the unquestioned leader of the secondary. His 58 stops in 2014 ranked third on the team and his nine pass breakups ranked among the best in the Big Ten. Lucas notched a career-best 2.0 sacks last season, including a key fourth quarter takedown of Tyler Murphy in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl victory over Boston College. Lucas closed the season strong, making 20 stops in his final three games, including a season-high-tying seven stops against the Eagles in the overtime bowl victory.
Mangiro is among the candidates on The Rimington Trophy Watch List for the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA FBS Division I. He was the leader of a young offensive line corps in 2014, starting every game and making starts at three different positions. He made 10 starts at center, two at right tackle and one at right guard. His efforts up front helped Penn State amass over 300 yards of total offense on seven occasions in 2014, including 453 yards vs. Boston College in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Mangiro was instrumental in protecting Hackenberg, who continued to climb the career passing charts, ending the season ranked among the top three in passing yards, attempts and completions.
Zettel is a nominee for the Bednarik Award for the National Defensive Player of the Year and claimed preseason first-team All-America accolades from Phil Steele. After moving from defensive end to defensive tackle in 2014, Zettel enjoyed his most productive season on the field in the blue and white. A fourth-team All-America selection by Athlon Sports and an All-Big Ten first-team pick by both the coaches and media, Zettel logged career-best totals with 17 tackles-for-loss and 8.0 sacks. His 16.0 career sacks rank tied for No. 15 in Penn State history and his 27.0 career TFLs are just five shy of entering the top-15 in the PSU record books. Zettel was the only FBS player to rank among the national leaders in sacks and interceptions per game in 2014. The athletic defensive lineman nabbed three interceptions, the most by a PSU defensive lineman since at least 1959, to tie for the team lead in the category and added one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and eight pass deflections.