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BLOG: Red Lion grad Andrew Zeller joins Detroit Lions
A former Lion is a Lion once more.
Red Lion High School graduate Andrew Zeller will get a chance to prove his worth in the NFL.
The offensive lineman has agreed to a free agent contract with the Detroit Lions.
Zeller did not get picked over the weekend in the NFL draft, but he quickly came to terms with the Lions.
He announced his signing on his Facebook page. It was later confirmed in a report by NFL.com.
Zeller becomes the second York County addition to the Detroit payroll within the past few months. In late January, former Maryland head coach Randy Edsall, a Susquehannock High School graduate, joined the Lions as director of football research. Edsall also coached Zeller with the Terrapins until he got fired early in the 2015 season.
Zeller started all 12 games for Maryland as a senior in 2015 at right guard. He helped pave the way for an improved Terps' running game, which averaged 182.5 yards per game on the ground, the team's best output since 2003.
He also started every game for Maryland in 2014 and appeared in every game in 2013. Overall, he had 31 starts at Maryland.
During Maryland's Pro Day, Zeller was measured at 6 feet, 5 inches and 297 pounds. His 40-yard dash time was 5.01 seconds, he bench pressed 225 pounds a total of 19 times, he had a vertical jump of 34 inches and he had broad jump of 9 feet, 8 inches. Those numbers were reported by the Testudo Times.
During his high school career at Red Lion, he played a major role in the Lions reaching the District 3-AAAA finals in 2010, when he was a senior two-way standout. He was a second-team all-state selection that year in AAAA. Defensively, he recorded 67 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks, as a senior.