2017 NFL Draft

Andrew Szczerba, TE

School: Penn State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 262 lbs.
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09/14/2011 - Penn State led 3-0 for most of the first quarter, keeping Alabama's offense in check with aggressive defensive play and moving the football with moderate success against a tough Crimson Tide defense. But some missed opportunities by the defense and inconsistent execution and three turnovers by the offense allowed Alabama to pull away. Still, the Nittany Lions liked the effort they saw from themselves when they reviewed the game film. "You could tell we were playing real tough," defensive tackle Jordan Hill said. "We weren't backing down from them at all." The Nittany Lions will go on the road for the first time this week, visiting a Temple team that blasted its first two opponents (Villanova and Akron) by the average margin of 37 points. If Penn State doesn't bounce back from a disheartening loss, the Owls could present more than a few problems. "We can definitely play a lot better and we have to with the tough schedule that we have," Szczerba said. "The biggest thing is to just get over that game. We've got to learn from it, and if anything, it's got to make us hungrier than we were last week." - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2011 - TE Andrew Szczerba did not start the game but did play the majority of the snaps at tight end, finishing with a 9-yard reception and a lost fumble. Szczerba had been questionable during the week after suffering a head injury in the previous week's game against Indiana State. - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2011 - Penn State's players followed an all-too-familiar routine Monday breaking down film after a big loss to a top-ranked opponent. The Nittany Lions' 27-11 loss to then-No. 3 Alabama was their ninth straight loss to a top-five opponent and another example of a team that believes it's capable of big things failing to reach its potential. "After watching the film, we realized everybody made mistakes," tight end Andrew Szczerba said. "You can have 10 guys on one play blocking perfectly and if one guy doesn't execute his assignment, the play doesn't work ... We're just trying to work on that all 11 guys working on their assignments perfectly for each play. If we do that, we'll be a heck of a football team." - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - TE Andrew Szczerba missed some of the Indiana State game and has been limited in practice this week with what Paterno said might not have been a concussion but was likely some type of head injury. His status for the Alabama game is uncertain. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Andrew Szczerba - The fifth-year senior has one last shot after a career filled with injuries. Szczerba missed all of the 2010 season with a back injury but made it through the preseason without any problems. A big (6-foot-6) target and sound blocker, he could be an important part of Penn State's offense this fall. - The Sports Xchange

08/23/2011 - TE Andrew Szczerba, who has missed all of last season with a back injury, is hopeful he'll be able to return to the field this season. The Nittany Lions started freshmen Garry Gilliam and Kevin Haplea during the 2010 season. Though Szczerba has just two career catches, he's been with the program five years and could provide a big (6-foot-6) target for Penn State's quarterbacks. - The Sports Xchange

09/24/2010 - PSU coach Joe Paterno said Tuesday that projected starting tight end Andrew Szczerba, who has yet to play with a back injury, will likely miss the season. Redshirt freshman Garry Gilliam has replaced Szczerba as first-team tight end but PSU has been reluctant to use the 6-6, 263-pounder. Senior wideout Brett Brackett, a 245-pounder, has lined up as a motion tight end for some plays.Behind Gilliam is true freshman Kevin Haplea. Paterno said one-time walk-on Jonathan Stewart, the third-team tight end, has been put on scholarship."I think they're making progress, but they're both freshman kids,'' Paterno said, referring to Gilliam and Haplea."We've been using Brackett as a tight end a lot in the sense that we put him in motion and we throw the ball to him a little bit more. Tight ends haven't caught a lot of passes. "But they'll get better. They have potential.'' - Bob Flounders, The Patriot-News


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