After putting together the greatest career ever by a Vanderbilt running back, Zac Stacy still believes he has much to prove to professional scouts attending the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend in Indianapolis.
Stacy, a two-time All-Southeastern Conference selection and the Commodores' all-time leading rusher, is eagerly awaiting his opportunity to impress NFL evaluators, which starts Saturday in Lucas Oil Stadium.
"Of course, I'll be a little nervous because it's an important showcase," Stacy said earlier this week. "But at the same time, I'm real excited to have this opportunity.
Stacy, from Centreville, Ala., is the only Commodore from a 9-4 Vanderbilt squad in 2012 invited to participate in the assembly of elite collegiate players. He also becomes the 16th Commodore to participate in the Combine since 2000.
Since earning MVP honors in Vanderbilt's 38-24 victory over North Carolina State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 31, Stacy has been training near Atlanta under the watchful eye of Competitive Edge Sports founder Chip Smith. He has been putting in hours of work daily with an array of current NFL players, including San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and many Combine invitees.
Stacy expects the additional workouts will pay dividends at the Combine. "I've worked to improve in just about every area and I'm going to work hard to show that this weekend," Stacy said.
Much of the training at the CES facility is intended to enhance speed, acceleration, explosiveness and agility. Stacy hopes the work will result in a faster 40-yard dash and quicker times in the L-drill and three-cone drill.
"My 40 will be important. That's probably the biggest question I get," Stacy said. "But I'm going to surprise some folks. I'm shooting for something in the low 4.5s. I can definitely do that."
Stacy's agent, Richard Rosa, said his client's engaging manner and team-oriented personality are sure to to capture NFL GMs in private interviews. The Maryland-based agent is delighted with his newest client.
"I'm so impressed with Zac, everything about him," Rosa said. "I just think he's going to light it up.
"Zac's exactly the combination of person and player NFL teams want on their roster. He can help a team in so many ways and he's a winner on and off the field. All of those qualities will be on display (at the Combine)," Rosa added.
Stacy is one of 31 running backs, including eight from the Southeastern Conference, expected to participate at the Combine.
Stacy's Schedule of Events
Starting today, Stacy faces four busy days in Indianapolis. Stacy will register and go through a battery of hospital pre-examinations and X-rays this afternoon. On Friday, official measurements, medical examinations and one-on-one interviews with NFL team representatives are on tap for Saturday. He moves on to more team meetings, media interviews, psychological testing and the Combine's first physical test - the 225-pound bench repetition - on Saturday. Finally, on Sunday, Stacy will showcase his talents during a series of timing and agility tests, and skill drills.
Television Coverage of Combine
Commodore fans wanting to follow Stacy at the Combine can watch thorough NFL Network. The network will air 13 hours of in-depth coverage daily from Indianapolis, starting this Saturday. Daily coverage starts at 8 a.m. CT.
List of Recent Commodores to participate in NFL Combine
Stacy will become the 16th Commodore to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine since 2000.