2011 - Junior: Handled long-snapping duties in all 13 games.
2010 - Sophomore: Handled the long-snapping duties in all 13 games ... Was key in punter Anthony Santella and kicker Derek Dimke both having career years in 2010 ... Notched first career tackle against Northern Illinois ... Named Most Improved Walk-on during 2010 spring drills.
2009 - Redshirt Freshman: Member of UI squad.
2008 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2008 season.
High School: Recorded 96 total snaps in 2007 in helping Joliet Catholic win the IHSA 6A state championship ... Also played left guard ... Recorded tackles on 27 percent of all punt snaps in 2007 ... 2007 All-Area selection ... Helped JCA to East Suburban Catholic Conference championships in 2006 and 2007 ... Ranked third in the nation by Kohl's Kicking and Snapping Camps in December 2007 ... High school coach was Dan Sharp ... Earned two varsity letters.
Personal: Full given name is Zachary David Pedersen ... Born on Oct. 23, 1989 ... Son of William and Mary Pedersen, and Diane Pedersen and Bart Caponi ... Majoring in political science ... Plans to pursue an MBA after graduation ... Cousin, Dan Sharp, plays football for St. Ambrose ... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as winning the 2007 IHSA 6A state title ... Member of National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and National Society of High School Scholars ... Volunteered with the Special Olympics as well as Meals on Wheels.