ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- University of Delaware senior defensive tackle Zach Kerr will have another chance to showcase his impressive talents later this month as the Blue Hen football standout has been invited to take part in the prestigious East-West Shrine All-Star Game.
The game will be played on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. (ET) at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game will be televised live on the NFL Network. Former NFL head coaches Jerry Glanville (East) and Romeo Crennel (West) will serve as the head coaches.
The East-West Shrine Game is the longest running college all-star game in the country. A staple in college football since 1925, the game has consistently proven to be a launch pad for players seeking professional careers in the NFL. More than 100 players from the 88th East-West Shrine Game signed with professional football teams in 2013. On average, more than 275 East-West Shrine Game alumni are on NFL rosters each year. Seventy-one East-West alumni are in the NFL Hall of Fame and over 200 are honored in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Kerr, a 6-2, 310 lb. history major from Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard High School), is one of 15 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) players on the two squads and joins Richmond defensive end Keenan Wynn as the only players from the Colonial Athletic Association honored.
Kerr also becomes just the fifth player in UD history to compete in the game, joining DT Dennis Johnson in 1972; KR/CB Sidney Haugabrook in 2004; TE Ben Patrick in 2006; and QB Pat Devlin in 2010.
A second-year transfer from Maryland, Kerr proved to be one of the top interior defensive linemen in the country each of the last two seasons. Last month he was named a second team All-American by The Sports Network and a third team All-American by Beyond Sports Network. In addition, he earned first team All-CAA honors after being a second team pick in 2012.
A co-captain, Kerr recorded 57 tackles (28 solo), including 5.5 tackles for loss (29 yards), 3.5 sacks (24 yard), two pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. He ranked fourth among all CAA down linemen in tackles. He collected four or more tackles nine times during the 2013 campaign, including a career-high eight each in victories over Albany and NCAA national finalist Towson.
Delaware recently completed it season under first-year head coach Dave Brock with a 7-5 overall mark and a 4-4 slate in CAA play, good for a tie for fifth place in the league standings. The Blue Hens received votes in every The Sports Network Top 25 poll during the season, climbing as high as 15th on Nov. 4.
Among the other FCS student-athletes set to compete in the game are linebackers Tyler Starr (South Dakota) and Jordan Tripp (Montana), defensive back Marcus Williams (North Dakota State), running backs Timothy Flanders (Sam Houston State), Zach Bauman (Northern Arizona), offensive linemen Kyle Bryant (Youngstown State), Chris Elkins (Youngstown State), Dakota Dozier (Furman), Danny Kistler (Montana), and Billy Turner (North Dakota State), wide receiver Erik Lora (Eastern Illinois), and quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) and Jeff Matthews (Cornell).