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Penn State's Anthony Zettel uproots tree with tackle

Opposing quarterbacks and running backs know all about Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel, a senior who will be one of the best in the nation at the position in the fall.

Now, it looks as if trees need to be wary of Zettel, as well.

Penn State senior linebacker Jordan Dudas posted the video.

And while the tree obviously is rotten, it's still an impressive takedown by Zettel (6-foot-4, 278 pounds), who shows good tackling form in taking down the elm or oak or whatever it is. Zettel had eight sacks and 17 tackles for loss last season, his first as a starter; he was tied for third in the Big Ten in sacks and was second in tackles for loss.

Zettel needs to add weight for the next level, but has excellent quickness -- he has been clocked as fast as the high 4.7s in the 40 -- and began his college career as a defensive end. Zettel, who is from a small town in Michigan (West Branch, which has about 2,100 residents), set a state record in the discus in high school.

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