The Washington Times - April 15, 2011, 10:40AM

Joe Vellano is used to the potpourri of zaniness he sees every day from fellow defensive tackle and roommate A.J. Francis.

Naturally, he can’t help but be amused by his friend’s many interests.

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The latest: An extended game of Humans vs. Zombies (Wikipedia can effectively provide an explanation of that) in College Park.

“He’s a zombie-killer,” Vellano said. “He’s got his Nerf gun. It’s like a machine gun. It’s crazy.”

Indeed, Vellano sees the Nerf gun at breakfast in the team house and in the locker room. Unsurprisingly, it’s an accessory Francis – who has proclaimed himself to be El Zombito Bandito – happily described using on another player while speaking with scribes on Thursday.

“He was walking down the same path I was walking and I guess he was going to make a move and pretend like I didn’t see him with his bright orange headband,” Francis said.

The junior was at roughly a dozen zombie hits yesterday afternoon, including one on the mall in the center of campus that morning.

And with this being the inimitable Francis, he certainly reach that point in a mild manner.

“I probably shot him three or four times,” Francis said. “You only have to shoot him once, but who only wants to shoot somebody once?

Certainly not El Zombito Bandito.

Patrick Stevens