Since Brad Hoover's release befoe the 2010 season the Panthers have been without a true FB. We drafted Tony Fiammetta in 2009, the guy who was suppose to replace Hoover was a joke that couldn't block, run the ball, or catch the ball. He was bad on ST's and was another wasted pick of that season. Besides his one special play Brockel hasn't proven he's are FB of the future and isn't anything special on ST' either. He's an undersized TE trying to play out of position. Tolbert is just a heavy RB that can move the plie and is great as a goal line and if he'd lose some weight, a change of pace back. He's to short to be a FB and his blocking, while better then most, is not up to par with a mobile QB like Cam. And Hartsock is only good to have around if your choking or needing to teach young TE's to block.
Enter Michael Zordich, 6'1, 231lbs out of Penn State. Penn State still use's the traditional FB in its Offense and that is what Zordich is. His father was a 12 year NFL safety for the Steelers and a Penn State Grad. Zordich was a standout LB and RB in high school. A team caption, he was selected to the Offense-Defense All America Team and was Defensive MVP of the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl. Was rated Rival's #5 MLB and #15 RB. While at PSU he played the traditional FB roll under Patrno and was the lead blocker for Silas Redd, 1241yds, and helped protect the QB. PSU gaveup the fewest sacks of any team in the Big 10 during that time. When O'Brien took over as coach Zordich role expanded with more carry's and catches as well as calling blocking asignments and was QB Matt McGloin personal body guard. Again the lead the Big Ten with the fewest sacks allowed. He used his skills as a LB to read and diagnose opposing Defense's and was that is how he was able to change blocking assignments so well and keep his QB on his feet. A FB who is the master of vesatility, demonstrating the skills to run and catch the ball as well as deliver punishing blocks on unsuspecting defenders. Play's the position with the instincts of a LB and is able tell when a play won't work and call different blocking assignment or change the play altogether. Is a ST's demon and craves contact, deleivering punishing hits like he is still a LB. Is a weight room leader and is alway's pushing his teammates to the breaking point in the weight room. If his QB took a hit he was the 1st person to get on the player who missed his block and takes great pride in keeping his QB upright, something every Panther fan and even Cam would apperciate. In other words Cam meet Zordich your own personal body guard, Zordich meet Cam the Franchise. Keep him off his back and allow him to make plays and will win a Super Bowl.
Career Stats:Rushing: 108Atts, 388Yds, 9Tds. Recieving: 20Catches, 183Yds. ST: 9TT, 1FR. Pro Day: 24Bench, 4.84/40, 9 Broad and 30.5 Vert.