- Patriots sign 19 Rookie Free Agents...Stankiewitch, 23, started all 25 games at center as a junior and senior at Penn State. The 6-4, 290-pounder was named a team captain for the East in the East-West Shrine game. - New England Patriots
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The veteran member of the offensive line, Stankiewitch is entering his second year as Penn State's starting center. With limited experience last season, he had some hiccups as a junior, but grew into his role and should compete for All-Conference honors as a senior.
A Pennsylvania native, Stankiewitch signed with Penn State as a junior in high school and redshirted in 2008 in College Station.
He was the off-and-on starter at guard as a freshman in 2009, but was sidelined most of the 2010 season with an illness.
Stankiewitch started all 13 games at center as a junior (led the team in snaps) and was on the Rimington Award watch list entering the 2012 season. He went on to start the final 25 games of his career and was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior.
Stankiewitch accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game following the season. At his March pro day, he recorded an 8-foot-2 broad jump.
Considered a better run blocker than in pass protection, he is a tough, gritty player who does a nice job extending off the snap with good hand placement and strong wrists. Stankiewitch is an assignment sound player and looks to eliminate defenders from the play, blocking through the whistle. He has only one year of true starting experience, but does have playing experience at guard and is a team leader.
Although better known as "Linebacker U," Penn State has also produced several nasty interior linemen to the next level and Stankiewitch has draftable potential.