Yet Zac Stacy, a 5-foot-9, 210 pounder from Centreville, Ala., still has doubters.
He's tough. He's driven. He's humble. The St. Louis Rams found a gem in Stacy in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Watch these 10 great moments to celebrate Stacy's remarkable career as a Commodore.
10. Stacy Breaks Vanderbilt's Single-Season Rushing Record
As a junior, Zac Stacy set Vanderbilt's single-season rushing record with 1,193 yards. The way Stacy broke Corey Harris' mark is the best part.
The Commodore tailback rumbled 40 yards, lowered his shoulder pads, and absolutely leveled a Wake Forest defender before crossing the goal line. The sounds of Stacy's teammates congratulating him on the milestone will give you goosebumps. VIDEO
9. Game Changer
Sing it with me... "Change is gonna happen. Change is in the air."
Stacy played a vital role in getting Vanderbilt to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history. The tailback helped the Commodores go from four wins in his first two seasons to 15 in his last two. VIDEO
8. 2012 Music City Bowl Postgame Interview
Stacy finished his collegiate career as a champion and earned Music City Bowl MVP honors as the Commodores routed NC State, 38-24.
In a postgame interview, Stacy once again put his teammates ahead of his individual accomplishments, and ended the session with a classic quote: "In due time, Vanderbilt will rule the SEC." VIDEO
7. 90-Yard TD Run
It was a frigid night in Winston-Salem, but that didn't keep Stacy from crushing more records in his final regular season game. In the fourth quarter against Wake Forest, Stacy went untouched on his 90-yard touchdown scamper, the longest in Vanderbilt history. "That made my hamstrings hurt. That was a long run on a cold night," ESPNU color analyst Dan Hawkins said.
On the play, Stacy also became the first Commodore to eclipse the 3,000-yard barrier and rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. VIDEO
6. Career Highlights (2009-12)
If you're a St. Louis Rams fan and unfamiliar with Stacy's career, sit back and enjoy this collection of his best plays from 2009-2012. He's a warrior.
This is what happens when bowling pins try to knock down the ball.
Not going to happen. Ever.
The physical 5-foot-9 tailback gets the 7-10 split on his way to the end zone. VIDEO
3. Stacy Bulldozes Defender, Runs Out Clock At Missouri
The Stacy-hit party continues.
With the Commodores holding a four-point lead late in the fourth quarter and facing a critical third-and-9, Stacy steamrolled a Missouri defender, then made the first down and stayed inbounds to keep the clock moving to clinch the win.
I've watched this highlight over 100 times (and counting). VIDEO
2. Stacy Breaks Vanderbilt's Career Rushing Record
Stacy surpassed Frank Mordica's long-time school record (from 1979) for career rushing yards on this Wildcat run in the fourth quarter against Auburn in 2012.
Rather than basking in the glory of his achievement, Stacy told reporters that he still needed to improve to help the team reach its goals. He kept his word. Vanderbilt reeled off seven straight wins and finished with the most wins in school history in almost a century.
When you watch the highlight (and if you know Zac's story), the reaction from his mom and younger brother in the crowd will leave you misty-eyed. And his teammates carrying him off the field is a moment Commodore fans will remember forever. VIDEO
1. Stacy Carries Kentucky Defense Into End Zone
If a stranger asked me for one play that defines Zac Stacy, it's this one.