Elected a team offensive co-captain. Was the recipient of the team's Robert B. Mitinger, Jr. Award. Played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Played in every game in 2012 with five starts. Was second on the team with 308 yards on 80 carries, and four rushing touchdowns. His long carry was 25 yards. He also made 15 catches for 152 yards, with a long catch of 27 yards. Zordich led team with then career bests of 50 yards on 11 carries in 34-7 win over Navy. Posted the longest run (16 yds) and longest catch (27 yds) of his career to that point in the win over Temple. Re-wrote his career-bests with 15 carries for 75 yards and caught four balls for 39 yards versus the Owls. In the comeback win over No. 24 Northwestern, Zordich caught four passes for 31 yards and ran seven times for 32 yards, with a touchdown.
His 25-yard burst late in the game was the Nittany Lions' second-longest rush during season and set-up his own three-yard scoring run for a 39- 28 lead with 1:30 to play. Ran for 24 yards in helping Penn State thump Iowa, 38-14. Posted his first career multiple TD game with six and five-yard TD runs in 34-9 win at Purdue. Gained 33 yards on 11 carries, with a long of 10 yards, and had one catch for 20 yards vs. the Boilers. Had 12 rushing yards and one catch for three yards at No. 18 Nebraska. Ran for 49 yards on just nine carries, including a 23-yard burst, and had a 27-yard reception in the win over Indiana.
Playing in every game 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 to open running lanes for Silas Redd (1,241 yards) and helping protect the quarterbacks, with Penn State leading the Big Ten in fewest sacks allowed in 2011. Zordich led all offensive players with nine tackles, six of which were solo stops, making at least one stop in seven games. In the season-opener with Indiana State, Zordich had five carries for 15 yards, including a one-yard score in the second quarter. He delivered a fourth-quarter touchdown run against Temple for the second consecutive year, scoring with 2:42 to play. Against Eastern Michigan, he recorded two tackles and his 16-yard pass reception in the Leaders Division matchup against Purdue was the longest of his career. In the division battle against Illinois, Zordich caught a pass and made two tackles and had two carries and caught a pass in the big Leaders Division game against Ohio State. Zordich was on the field for 443 snaps, led by 52 at Northwestern and 50 against Illinois.
Zordich emerged as a reliable contributor as a runner, receiver and effective blocker. Playing in every game, the former linebacker scored three rushing touchdowns, gaining 40 yards on 18 carries. He ran for 11 yards against Temple and scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter to give Penn State a 22-13 lead. He provided the Nittany Lions additional breathing room against Michigan with a five-yard touchdown run for a 38-17 lead in the third quarter in the thrilling primetime win. He scored on a one-yard run and made one catch against Florida in the 2011 Outback Bowl. A strong contributor on special teams, he hustled and slid to secure his first career fumble recovery on punt coverage late in the second quarter to set up a field goal against Illinois. He also made three tackles (two solo). Zordich was on the field for 376 snaps, led by 50 against Florida and 42 in the win at Minnesota.
Was among the handful of players that compiled statistics on offense, defense and special teams during the course of the season. In the 42-14 win at Michigan State, he gained 13 yards on two carries. He also had three tackles, with two stops against Eastern Illinois and the other in the win over Temple. He returned two kickoffs, one for 16 yards against Temple and another for 12 yards in the victory at Northwestern. Playing in the final 12 games of the season, he was on the field for 55 snaps.
Zordich was a standout linebacker and running back for Coach P.J. Fecko at Cardinal Mooney High School. He teamed with former Nittany Lion teammate Brandon Beachum to lead Cardinal Mooney to the 2006 Ohio Class IV state championship and the 2005 and `07 state title games, winning 28 consecutive games in the last two seasons. Zordich was selected the 2007 Division IV Defensive Player-of-the-Year in Ohio and Scout.com rated him the nation's No. 5 middle linebacker. A team captain, Zordich was named to the Offense-Defense All-America team and was the Defensive MVP of the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. He was selected to play in the 2008 Big 33 Classic. As a senior, he grabbed three interceptions and rushed for a total of 796 yards with nine touchdowns. As a junior, he gained close to 1,000 rushing yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Zordich also played basketball.
Full name is Michael Vincent Zordich. He is the son of Michael and Cynthia Zordich, both Penn State graduates, and has a younger brother, Alex, and a younger sister, Aidan. His father is in his fourth year as a coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. The elder Zordich was an outstanding strong safety for Penn State (1982-85), earning first-team All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America as a senior. A 1985 tri-captain, he played 12 years in the National Football League with the New York Jets, Phoenix and Philadelphia. Cynthia was a Penn State cheerleader. The younger Zordich enjoys playing golf, basketball, video games and watching movies. Zordich is a recreation, parks and tourism management major. Born October 29, 1989 in Scottsdale, Ariz.