Sunday, June 19, 2011

You wouldn't like him when he's angry, but he's hardly ever angry, so everybody likes him

It's the offensive line coaches who are turning green over Zach Banner. He's a 6-9, 305-lb. offensive tackle and basketball center from Lakes High School in Lakewood Washington. He has three kazillion offers, including 13 to play both football and basketball, as he wants to be among the first to pull off that double at a major college since Terry Baker in the 1960s (a few players have done it since, including Florida State Heisman trophy winner Charlie Ward and Washington Husky two-sport star Nate Robinson, but it's rare at the division one level.)

Oh yeah, he's also a 3.6 student and President of his junior class. Popular, out-going and funny, with an outsized and charismatic personality to match what would otherwise be fearsome bulk, Banner is the biological child of former Husky All-American Lincoln Kennedy, who went on to play seven years in the NFL and made two Pro Bowls. His real parents, Ron and Vanessa Banner, are Washington State graduates. Speculation abounds, but speculation is pointless.

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