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Szczerba denied sixth year

Penn State senior tight end Andrew Szczerba was hoping to get one more crack at finishing his college career on a high note, but was denied a rare sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA earlier this year.

Szczerba at senior day last month at Beaver Stadium.

"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."

Chronic injuries and an overly frustrating senior year have told the career story so far for Szczerba, but he's been able to put a lot of that in perspective for future use.

"It wasn't the career that I wanted, but it was definitely the career that I needed," he said. "It's made me into a stronger person and I'm going to take these four and a half years with me for the rest of my life. I'll be most likely ready for anything."

Following the TicketCity Bowl, Szczerba is looking to try to make a pro roster. He received his degree in labor studies and employment relations back in May.

"I will be training for the next level, I'll be doing the pro days and possibly going to a senior bowl game," he said. "I'll just be training and getting ready for the next level and making myself the best player that I can be."

The Delaware native finished the season with 12 catches for 101 yards. For his career he has caught 16 balls for 145 yards.

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