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Profiles in Terpage - A Countdown to the Football Season: Andrew Zeller

Continuing the series with Maryland's starting guard, Andrew Zeller.

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Andrew Zeller, Sophomore (RS), Guard, #66




Height: 6'6" (though Maryland’s website lists him as 6’4")

Weight: 300

Major: Letters & Sciences

Twitter: @Andrew_Zeller

Collegiate Stats: Appeared in 9 games, with 3 starts

High School Stats (Senior Year): 67 tackles, 14 for a loss, seven sacks

Recruiting Ratings: Three stars by Rivals (#24 in Pa.), two stars by 24/7 Scout (#53 OG), ESPN (#120 OT)

High School: Red Lion

Hometown: Red Lion, PA

High School Highlights:

No football highlights, but here’s the big man throwing down a self alley-oop:

How'd He Get to College Park?

Zeller was born in Westminster, Md., up in Carroll County before moving to Pennsylvania in high school. He played both sides of the line throughout high school, and by the time graduation rolled around he was ranked in the top 25 recruits coming out of the state.

He chose to come back home to Maryland for his college career, though he did garner some attention from big-time programs and received an offer from Oregon. He spent his first year in College Park as a redshirt, before getting some action last year.

Nickname: Big Z

Career Highlight: Starting 3 games in the 2012 campaign, including a win against Wake Forest

Dream Season:

Zeller never looks back from his start in the final game of the 2012 season and starts every game of his redshirt-sophomore season. Along with his offensive linemates, Zeller keeps C.J. Brown healthy for the entire year, giving the quarterback the time he needs to find Diggs and Long deep down the sidelines time after time. With opposing defenses needing to drop extra men back into pass coverage, Zeller routinely gets to the second level while runblocking, tossing aside DB’s like little boys.

2013 Prospectus:

Zeller got the taste of starting back in his mouth last season, and looks to continue his high school success at the college level. This year, instead of battling from behind he has the starting spot at the outset, in front of Gary Harraka and Maurice Shelton at the guard position. Playing in between Sal Conaboy and Nick Klemm, Zeller and the entire offensive line should benefit from some consistency behind center. Though the loss of a starting running back will hurt any team, with two competent players ready to step in this line will have no excuses if the ground attack sputters.

Up Next:

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