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Mariner Cody ready to kick game up a notch as Colby College Mule

By Zack Miller | May 16, 2019
Courtesy of: Zach Cody Oceanside's Zach Cody.

Waterville — The past few years the long blonde hair that flowed from of the back of the football helmet of Oceanside's Zach Cody was the last thing defenders saw.

Cody's speed made him an integral part of the Mariner football program, as he helped Oceanside qualify for the playoffs in 2018, before the team fell to Hermon in the regional quarterfinals.

Now, that speed, determination and toughness will carry Cody to the next level, as he has committed to play defensive back for Colby College in Waterville, under former University of Maine football head coach Jack Cosgrove.

"I chose Colby as it was close to home," said the 5-foot 10-inch 155-pound Cody. "The school has been pouring money into their athletics by revamping their fields, and putting in a new athletic facility, all in an effort to start winning more games, and their strict focus on academics assures athletes of employment opportunities upon graduation.

"Football wasn’t the primary reason for going to Colby, I went there for academics, but when I reached out to the football coach about playing football there, and he said I could, I figured it couldn’t hurt to play."

The Mules compete in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, and finished with a 3-6 record last season, with games played against conference opponents.

The 18-year-old Port Clyde native — who has yet to decide on a major — was accustomed to lining up on the defensive side of the ball, where he racked up 53 tackles and five quarterback sacks his senior season for the Mariners.

"Zach has been a solid football player for us all four years; very fast and very versatile," said Oceanside coach Wes Drinkwater. "[Cody] played all over on offense and defense. We could line him up anywhere really, and because of it, he was first-team utility back for the conference this year. [Cody was] great on special teams as well. He is one of the best gunners we have had since I started coaching, and a great kick returner. I have no doubt Zach will find success at Colby on the field."

Cody's senior statistics on the offensive side of the ball are equally impressive as his defensive numbers.

The senior racked up 950 rushing yards, 180 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns, while he also took two kick returns back for touchdowns on special teams.

"I think my time at Oceanside was helpful, as there were more opportunities to play the game at the varsity level from a younger age," said Cody. "As a sophomore, I started a game and played special teams which is something that wouldn’t normally occur at a bigger school, [which] subjected me to play against bigger and stronger competition than I was used to. [That] is something I’ll have to prepare for next year."

When any athlete makes the jump to the college athletic ranks, new experiences always follow.

"As for challenges, I know that Colby is a college that makes students strive for academic excellence, and having to balance school and football will certainly be challenging," said Cody. "However, I’m fully excited and honored that I have the opportunity to play for a school where everyone is fully committed to being a true student-athlete, and all the challenges I face will definitely be rewarding.

"I’m looking forward to just being part of a team and being able to focus on one sport the whole year, which I believe will help me with my game," said Cody, who also plays baseball and basketball for the Mariners.

Cody is the son of Brian Cody of Tenants Harbor and Tamara Cody of Port Clyde.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Christopher Donlin | May 17, 2019 07:39

Nice!! No small feat to get this far, Best of Luck!


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