Stacy goes to St. Louis in fifth round

April 27, 2013

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Vanderbilt all-time leading rusher Zac Stacy moved one step closer to his dream of playing professional football Saturday when he was selected by St. Louisin the fifth round of the ongoing NFL Draft.

Stacy, a two-time All-Southeastern Conference running back, was taken as the No. 160 overall pick by the Jeff Fisher-coached Rams.

Stacy, a product of Bibb County High School in Centreville, Ala., becomes the first Commodore running back taken in the draft since the Houston Oilers tabbed Corey Harris as a second round selection in 1992. He also becomes the first Vanderbilt player drafted by the Rams since tight end/receiver Chuck Scott was selected in the second round in 1985.

Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin said Stacy is a very deserving selection for the Rams.

"I'm very happy for Zac. He's a team-oriented winner who has enjoyed a tremendous career, consistently performing at a very high level against the best competition in college football," Franklin said. "Zac will go down as the greatest running back ever at Vanderbilt.

"But even more than what Zac has accomplished on the field, he is an outstanding young man, and a credit to his family, teammates and coaches, and this university," Franklin added.

Under Franklin, Stacy produced arguably the two greatest seasons ever by a Commodore back. Those productive seasons in 2011-12 helped Stacy finish his career with 3,143 rushing yards, 511 yards more than the total compiled by Frank Mordica, the Commodores' No. 2 all-time back who produced 2,632 yards form 1976-79.

As a junior in 2011, he set a single-season team record with 1,193 rushing yards and tied another with 14 rushing touchdowns. His performance was a big factor in helping Vanderbilt advance to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. In 2012, Stay became the first Vanderbilt runner to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons by totaling 1,141 rushing yards in the Commodores' 9-4 campaign, capped by a victory over N.C. State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. He finished his Commodore career by receiving Music City Bowl MVP honors after rushing for 107 yards and a touchdown.

Stacy also holds two other important Commodore rushing records, establishing a new mark with 30 career touchdowns and setting the school record for longest rushing attempt with a 90-yard score in Vanderbilt's victory at Wake Forest.

Stacy's 2011-12 achievements drew plenty of attention. He became the first Commodore runningback ever to earn All-SEC honors from coaches and writers in consecutive seasons.

Stacy completed an undergraduate degree in Educational Studies from Vanderbilt's Peabody College last December.

Stacy becomes the 17th Commodore taken in the NFL draft since 2000. Two former standouts were picked last year: cornerback Casey Hayward by Green Bay in the second round and defensive end Tim Fugger in the seventh round by Indianapolis.

Several other Vanderbilt players could be selected as the draft continues through today in New York City.

Former Vanderbilt offensive tackle Chris Williams is also a member of the St. Louis Rams.

Vanderbilt Draft Picks Since 2000
Year Player NFL Team Draft Selection
2013 Zac Stacy, RB St. Louis 27th pick, 5th Round
2012 Casey Hayward, DB Green Bay 30th pick, 2nd Round
  Tim Fugger, DE Indianapolis 7th pick, 7th Round
2010 Myron Lewis, DB Tampa Bay 3rd pick, 3rd Round
Thomas Welch, OL New England 1st pick, 7th Round
2009 D.J. Moore, DB Chicago 19th pick, 4th Round
2008 Chris Williams, OL Chicago 14th pick, 1st Round
Earl Bennett, WR Chicago 7th pick, 3rd Round
Jonathan Goff, LB N.Y. Giants 30th pick, 5th Round
2006 Jay Cutler, QB Denver 11th pick, 1st Round
2005 Jovan Haye, DL Carolina 15th pick, 6th Round
Justin Geisinger, OL Buffalo 23rd pick, 6th Round
2003 Hunter Hillenmeyer, LB Green Bay 31st pick, 5th Round
2001 Jamie Winborn, LB San Francisco 16th pick, 2nd Round
Matt Stewart, LB Atlanta 7th pick, 4th Round
John Markham, PK N.Y. Giants 29th pick, 5th Round
Jimmy Williams, DB Buffalo 33rd pick, 6th Round



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