2011 AFCA FCS All-America Team. ... AP FCS All-American Second Team. Co-captain for the 2011 season along with wide receiver Mark Schenauer and linebackers Andrew Harrison and Paul Worrilow. named a pre-season first team All-American by both the Consensus Draft Services and Phil Steele College Football Preview...also a pre-season first team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection by both Phil Steele and by the CAA coaches and media members
Earned second letter while starting all 15 games at the left guard position...was a key member of an offensive line that helped the team rank No. 2 in the CAA in total offense with 401.8 yards per game, rushing offense at 184.4 yards per game and scoring offense with 27.9 points per game...part of a group that was pivotal in CAA Rookie of the Year Andrew Pierce and CAA Offensive Player of the Year Pat Devlin's success...earned numerous awards during the season...was selected as a second team All-American by Phil Steele's College Football...also named first team All-CAA and first team All-East (ECAC)...named Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts vs. West Chester in the season opener...versatile athlete who can also play center...team went 12-3 and advanced to the FCS national title game under head coach K.C. Keeler.
2009 SEASON: Tough player who won the starting right guard position during pre-season practice...started all 11 games at right guard for an offensive line that allowed the Blue Hens to pass for 243.4 yards per game (No. 2 in CAA) and tally 355.0 yards of total offense...rotated on a regular basis with fellow sophomore Will Nagle...team went 6-5 for Keeler.
(West Virginia) Saw action in just one game as a redshirt freshman...played on offensive line in team's season-opening 48-21 victory over Villanova...team went 9-4 and defeated North Carolina 31-30 in the Meineke Bowl for head coach Bill Stewart.
Played football and basketball at Seton LaSalle High School...two-way lineman in football for head coach Lou Cerro...four-year starter who led team to the 2004 district title...earned All-State honors his final two seasons and was a three-time all-conference pick and two-time All-WPIAL District selection...served as team captain his final two seasons...earned a spot on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fab 22" Team twice...competed in the prestigious Big 33 All-Star Game...three-year starter at center in basketball.
Gino Michael Gradkowski...born November 5, 1988...son of Bruce and Debbie Gradkowski...history major...has worked at the National 5 & 10 on Main Street in Newark during the summer...would like to become a high school teacher and coach after graduation and would also be interested in becoming a firefighter...youngest of four children...father works for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and mother is a dental assistant...brother, Bruce, was a standout quarterback, three-year starter, and All-MAC selection at Toledo and has played in the National Football League with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006-07), Cleveland Browns (2008), Oakland Raiders (2009-10), and currently with the Cincinnati Bengals (2011)...cousin, Joe DelSando, played wide receiver at Pitt (2003-07) and cousin, Carmen Connolly, played wide receiver at West Virginia...one of seven grandsons to play college football.