June 7, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Vanderbilt senior running back Zac Stacy has earned first team All-Southeastern Conference recognition in the initial poll leading to the 2012 season.
The record-breaking back from Centreville, Ala., earned first team honors in the 66th annual Birmingham News Spring SEC Football Preview that was released recently. No other Commodore student-athletes were listed as All-SEC players in the newspaper ballot voted by the league's 14 sports information directors.
The information directors also recognized Stacy as the SEC's most underrated player, edging South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw. Stacy was named the league's second best runner behind Gamecock sophomore Marcus Lattimore.
Vanderbilt's 6-6 regular season in 2011 and berth in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl did not sway many information directors' predictions for the approaching season. Despite returning Stacy and 15 other position starters, the Commodores were voted to finish ahead of only Kentucky in the SEC Eastern Division. Vanderbilt's opening season opponent, South Carolina, and defending BCS champion Alabama walked away with first-place preseason expectations in the SEC Eastern and Western Division, respectively.
In 2011, Stacy put together the most accomplished season ever by a Vanderbilt running back, setting team single-season records with 1,193 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. Stacy's rushing and touchdown totals are the most of any returning back in the SEC.
Stacy also ranks as the conference's active career leader with 2,002 rushing yards. He needs 631 rushing yards to break Vanderbilt's career record of 2,632 rushing yards set by Frank Mordica from 1976-79. Stacy is also five rushing touchdowns away from matching the team's career record of 25 touchdowns set by Dean Davidson from 1947-50.
Vanderbilt opens the season before a national television audience on Thursday, Aug. 30, hosting South Carolina in Vanderbilt Stadium. The Commodoresalso host Florida, Auburn and Tennessee on campus.
Season tickets starting at $126 per person remain available for the Commodore home slate. To more information, call the Vanderbilt Athletics Ticket Office at (615) 322-GOLD (4653) or click here.