Player Spotlight: FB Michael Zordich

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Only 39 more days.

Fun Facts About The Number 39

I-39 runs from Normal, Illinois to Waussau, Wisconsin. Who among us has traveled this road?

In certain regions of Afghanistan, the people feel as if the number 39 is cursed due to its ties to prostitution.

Speaking of fullbacks, former Miami Dolphins great, Larry Csonka, wore jersey number 39. During his illustrious career, he won a Super Bowl MVP award, Comeback Player of the Year award, was a two time 1st team All-Pro, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

FB Michael Zordich

Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Season Stats

Att Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
2010 18 40 2.2 3 2 17 8.5 0
2011 15 30 2 2 5 31 6.2 0
2012 80 301 3.8 4 15 152 10.1 0

It is highly likely that Michael Zordich already knows a thing or two about what it takes to succeed at the game of football. After all, his dad(and namesake) was an All-American safety at Penn State in the mid eighties, and went on to enjoy a very productive twelve year career in the NFL.

However, Zordich's genetic advantages weren't just limited to his paternal bloodline. He and his brother(University of Buffalo's starting QB) were also infused with a healthy dose of hereditary athleticism through their mother, who was a cheerleader for Penn State.

It would be easy to conclude from my introductory paragraph that Zordich likely benefited from an unhealthy dose of nepotism during his time in Happy Valley. Not so fast. He only started seven games his entire college career, which tells me there was no such thing as favoritism on behalf of his family name. Besides, serving as the lead blocker for two different 1,000 yard rushers in his final two seasons should answer any remaining doubts about his abilities.

If you happen to notice a lack of Zordich sightings on the various social media outlets, I wouldn't be too concerned. The competition at fullback isn't usually a hot button topic, and this year is no exception.

Like many of our undrafted rookie free agents, Zordich must immediately make an impact on special teams, or else he won't last very long. It is also imperative that he prove to the coaches that he can be trusted as a lead blocker, pass protector, and pass catcher. Ultimately, this is the type of versatility he will need in order to secure any level of sustained success in the NFL.

I predict he will make the practice squad. What about you, CSR?

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