Zach Conrad broke into the Susquehanna lineup as a sophomore and started at three different defensive positions – nose guard, defensive end and linebacker – before the season ended. Conrad was the team’s runaway leader in tackles in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He finished his career with 213 tackles, including 24 for losses, and 118 assists. He also contributed six pass rushes, five fumble recoveries, three sacks, three forced fumbles and three broken-up passes.
Although undersized for the position, the speedy Conrad excelled as the Sabers middle linebacker the next two seasons, earning NPF Sports first-team honors at linebacker and second-team offensive lineman recognition for Lackawanna Football Conference Division 3 in both his junior and senior seasons. He also received Honorable Mention honors at linebacker by EasternPAFootball.com
In the City’s 35-8 romp in the 2016 Dream Game, Conrad was the defensive leader as an outside linebacker with a game-high 10 tackles, including 2 for losses. A second-team Pennsylvania Football News all-state selection as a senior, Conrad went on to play two seasons at Division 3 Marietta College in Ohio.
Susquehanna coach Kyle Cook on Conrad: “From his sophomore to his senior year, at the linebacker position, he grew tremendously. He really bought into the weight room and film study and made himself into one of the best tacklers we’ve had since I’ve coached. He just really studied the game a ton; watched a lot of film and sat down with the coaches after practice, doing chalk talks. He was very tough, obviously playing center at the size he was (peaked at 190 pounds as a senior) because that’s where we needed him. He was a total team player.”