Offensive Line Preview: Andrew Zeller
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2012 Statistics: 9 games played, 3 games started
Andrew Zeller was thrust into the fire in Maryland’s Week 5 game against Wake Forest, as head coach Randy Edsall elected to start him as a redshirt freshman over junior De’Onte Arnett. The experiment was short-lived however, as Zeller failed to impress the coaches. He will need to have a more consistent 2013 season, as he will likely be the team’s starting right guard.
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Zeller was a 3-star offensive tackle recruit out of Red Lion Area Senior High School in Red Lion, PA in 2011. He had other offers from a few other schools, including Oregon. While they didn’t formally offer him, Zeller had heavy interest from more than a few SEC schools. He was one of Pennsylvania’s top offensive linemen in the Class of 2011.
He committed to Maryland because he felt he had a good relationship with the coaches. He made his decision during his official visit to College Park, and made Ralph Friedgen a very happy man. While he went to school in Red Lion, PA, he was born in Westminster, MD and came back home to play for the Terrapins.
Zeller redshirted his freshman year, as most offensive linemen do. He bulked up to his current weight of 300 pounds, and moved to offensive guard. While he can still play tackle, guard is his position now. He is primarily a right guard, but could shift to the other side if necessary. He will be the Terps’ starting right guard in 2013, and will hopefully be able to deliver on all of the potential that he has. On an offensive line that is very unproven, a strong performance by Zeller would be huge. He is certainly a player that has the talent to be a starter for the rest of his time in College Park, as long as he can be consistently good on the field.