When he was trying to rebuild the offense, coach Ed Terwilliger had only one returning starter. He moved the 6-5, 267-pound Kerin to center and kept him at tackle on defense.

"I said, let's put Zach at center and Preston Oglesbee (the returning starter) at guard and build from there," said Terwilliger, whose team finished 7-4 and made the playoffs for the seventh time. "We had no idea what we were going to be like offensively, but we accomplished so much more than people thought we would."

Kerin, a Bowling Green recruit, helped the Braves rush for 1,476 yards and throw for 1,736. On defense, he had 18 first-hits, 14 assists, five quarterback sacks, two caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was second-team all-OCC-Cardinal Division and first-team all-district in Division II.