The former Cardinal Mooney High School standout led the Nittany Lions with then career-bests of 50 yards on 11 carries in the 34-7 win over Navy for O'Brien's first career victory. The following week, Zordich re-wrote his career-bests with 75 yards on 15 carries and caught four passes for 39 yards in the win over Temple. He ran for 49 yards on just nine carries, including a 23-yard burst, and had a 27-yard reception in the win over Indiana. - Penn State football
His most significant impact came in helping open holes for Silas Redd (1,241 yards) and helping protect the quarterbacks, with Penn State leading the Big Ten in fewest sacks allowed in 2011. He and former Penn State running back Brandon Beachum led Cardinal Mooney High School to three consecutive Ohio Class IV state title games. The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley honored Zordich last May as a local "Champions Among Us," who has represented the Mahoning Valley in a positive manner. Zordich served a summer internship with Ken Chertow Wrestling Camps and was on schedule to graduate in August. Zordich's father, Michael, was a standout strong safety for the Nittany Lions from 1982-85, earning first-team All-America honors as a senior.