- Penn State offensive co-captains Matthew McGloin (Scranton) and Michael Zordich (Youngstown, Ohio) have accepted invitations to play in all-star contests. A record-setting quarterback, McGloin has been invited to play in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge. Zordich is set to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. A running back, Zordich started five games during his senior season and also was one of the squad's premier special teams players, recording four tackles. He was second on the team with 308 yards on 80 carries and had four rushing touchdowns, with a long carry of 25 yards. Zordich also made 15 receptions for 152 yards, with a long catch of 27 yards.
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
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Zordich is a master of versatility from the fullback position, demonstrating the capability to block, carry and catch the ball with equal effectiveness. He also loves opportunities for the skills and instincts he owns as a former linebacker to take over on special teams, frequently delivering punishing hits on unsuspecting kick returners. Zordich led all offensive players with nine tackles last season, six of which were solo stops, making at least one stop in seven games. His work ethic, toughness and intensity will be a valued asset on an offense that must replace six starters in 2012. He plays with pride and passion and has been a leader in the weight room since workouts began last January. Playing in every game last year, and the last 38 career contests, with two starts, Zordich ran for 30 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 31 yards.
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.