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TicketCity Bowl 2012: Andrew Szczerba To Play Final Game After Sixth-Year Eligibility Denied

Penn State tight end Andrew Szczerba has dealt with his fair share of adversity during his Nittany Lion career. He sat out all of 2010 with a back injury, and in September of this season, his uncle, a police sergeant, was stabbed to death trying to arrest a suspect in New Castle, Del.

Now, as he and his teammates prepare for the TIcketCity Bowl in Dallas, he's coming to grips with the matchup against Houston being his final game in Blue and White as Sean Fitz of Lions 247 writes.

"I did put in for that sixth year, I did not get, so I won't be coming back next year," said Szczerba. "This will be my last game.

"It's a little bittersweet. I've been here for four and a half years and I think it's time for me to move on and see where life takes me after this," he said. "It would have been nice to come back, but it's also nice to move on and try something new."

Szczerba told Fitz he plans on trying to play professionally when his Penn State days are over.

The 23-year old Wilmington, Del. native caught 12 passes for 101 yards in 2011 and caught 14 passes for 116 yards in the course of his Penn State career.

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