After the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse trial, several players transferred from the Nittany Lions after the NCAA gave them the free reign to do so -– but not Stankiewitch. Alabama and several other major programs called looking to add him to their rosters, even as a fifth-year senior, but his allegiance to the school would not be shaken. That determination and interest from other schools are the best indicator of his toughness and talent, which will aid him at the next level.
He grew up in eastern Pennsylvania, earning first-team all-state honors as an offensive and defensive lineman, as well as high school All-American accolades. He played in every game as a redshirt freshman, starting two at left guard, and played the first six games of the 2010 season before mononucleosis knocked him out for the remainder of the year. Finally getting his chance to start in 2011, he started all 13 games and led the team in snaps played with 966. Stankiewitch was named the offense’s Most Improved Player in 2012 spring practices. In his senior year, Stankiewitch started all 12 games for Penn State. He was named to the Coaches All-Big Ten first-team.
Shows the ability to recover and reanchor when initially beaten. Aggressive on that first contact, shoulders even go over toes in the hopes of jolting. Is a hard worker to regain seal if blocking position is lost. Rarely out of the battle because of consistent grip and latch. Continues to readjust hand placement even when being driven back. Really helps teammates when driving a shoulder on a double team. Motor constantly runs.
Will go to the ground against powerful, or even average, slanting defensive linemen. Defenders will slip off his blocks in pass protection. Tight hips take away from mirroring skills, bends at the waist on one-on-one blocks. Fidgety while getting to second level, lacks anticipation to consistently hit linebackers. Finds himself on the ground too often.
While many of his teammates transferred out of Happy Valley to other schools after the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, Stankiewitch stuck with the team he wanted to play for while growing up in eastern Pennsylvania. He only started two games in his first two years, losing half of his sophomore year to mononucleosis, but finished off his career by starting his final 27 games. Stankiewitch lacks great strength, quickness, and athletic ability, but he's a relentess worker.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.