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In Z Formation 

Meet the Brown who broke Ohio U.'s drought in the NFL draft.

Cleveland Bobcats chapter chief Jason Nedley jokes that outsiders often get his beloved Ohio University football team confused with Ohio State's. He hopes to clear up the misconception today, when the 9,000-member club hosts Kickin' It With Dave Z — a meet-and-greet to help start a scholarship fund, with Cleveland Browns punter and fellow alumnus Dave Zastudil. "We all know Ohio State is a football factory, with a half-dozen players drafted into the NFL every year. They've even had four Heisman winners," says Nedley. "To my knowledge, Dave is the first player drafted into the NFL from O.U. since, like, 1976, when President Carter was elected."No kidding. Zastudil's road to the big leagues started at Bay High School, where he twice scored All State honors as its team's punter and was named first-team All American in 1998 by the Football Writers Association of America. At Ohio U., he set a school record by kicking a 75-yard punt against the Akron Zips in 2002, when he became eligible for the NFL draft. Zastudil was picked in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens, for whom he played four seasons before the Browns inked a five-year contract with him in 2006. As for Nedley, he hopes Zastudil sticks around longer with the Browns, so he can do more Kickin' It sessions. "The excellent thing about punters is they play a long time," says Nedley. "We're hoping he spends 20 years in a Browns uniform." Meet the Z between 3 and 5 this afternoon at Hilarities, 2035 East Fourth Street. Tickets are $20. Call 216-241-7425 or visit
Sat., March 29, 3-5 p.m., 2008

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