May 1, 2012
WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON - Georgetown University All-America defensive end Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) has earned an invitation to the Cincinnati Bengals Rookie Camp in Cincinnati, Ohio beginning on Thursday, May 10, with a chance to sign as an undrafted free agent with the squad.
"It is a tremendous opportunity and I feel blessed to have the chance to participate in the Bengals mini-camp," Schaetzke said. "I plan to go into camp and work as hard as I possibly can in order to secure a spot on the team."
Schaetzke, just the ninth consensus All-American in Patriot League history was also named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year and the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, after a stellar senior season. He led the league in tackles for loss (22.5) and sacks (13), finishing sixth and eighth in the nation in those categories, respectively. Schaetzke also had 69 tackles, one interception, five pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and three fumbles forced during a season that saw the Hoyas post its best record since 1999.
Schaetzke is the first Hoya since defensive end Ataefiok Etukeren to earn a trip to an NFL camp. He will try to become the first Hoya football player to earn a spot on an NFL roster since Alex Buzbee, who was named to the Washington Redskin's active roster on December 19, 2007. Buzbee ended a 50 year drought, becoming the first of Hoya in the NFL since Jim Ricca played with the Washington Redskins from 1951 to 1956.
Schaetzke, who was an impact player during his four years on the Hilltop, climbed the record books at Georgetown and also in the Patriot League in 2011, moving to second in GU history in career sacks (30.5) and third in Patriot League history. He plans on graduating with a bachelor's degree in Finance from the McDonough School of Business this May.