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December 28, 2008

Season recap: Cody Blue and Zach Kerr

Future Maryland linemen Cody Blue and Zach Kerr were able to see a sneak preview of their lives in College Park two months ago.

Blue and Kerr, both of whom signed with UM last February, traveled up to Maryland with their Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy football team to face the Terps’ junior varsity squad on Oct. 27.

According to Fork Union head coach John Shuman, both acquitted themselves well in the team’s 16-7 loss.

“They went up and competed pretty well and handled those guys pretty well,” Shuman said. “I think Kerr had four tackles for losses. Cody got in and batted down a few passes, had a sack. ... They’re going to be better [for their prep school experience] and their talent rose to the occasion against [Maryland].”

Blue, a Wilde Lake graduate, played both ways for FUMA.

“It wouldn’t shock me if he ended up being a great offensive lineman,” Shuman said. “He had a very good season at offensive tackle. ... He’s tall, lean, athletic. He reminds me of a guy we sent to Boston College a few years ago, Anthony Castonzo. He kind of looks like [Terps offensive tackle] Bruce Campbell. ... He’s a good, athletic guy, but he looks like an O-lineman.”

Kerr, who graduated from Quince Orchard last spring, was disruptive on the defensive line throughout Fork Union’s 5-4 season.

“He’ll be a nose guard,” Shuman said. “He needs to get himself in better condition. Once he does that he’ll be a very good defensive lineman.”

Shuman said both Blue and Kerr did well in acclimating themselves to Fork Union’s rigorous military academy lifestyle. Shuman expects this prep year to greatly benefit both future Terps.

“I think they’ll be way ahead,” Shuman said. “[They’ll] definitely [be] ahead of the incoming freshmen, just knowing what they went through. They’re way ahead. Everybody should do a prep year.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:27 AM | | Comments (0)
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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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