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#31 Zach Zenner
Position: Running Back
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 220
Year: Senior
Hometown: Eagan, Minn.
High School: Eagan H.S.
Major: Pre-Medicine/Biology
Experience: 3 Letters
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Zach excelled both on the football field and in the classroom during his Jackrabbit career ... was named a consensus All-America selection each of his last three seasons (2012, 2013, 2014) and was a three-time finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision ... three-time Capital One Academic All-American, earning second-team honors in 2012 and first-team recognition in 2013 and 2014 ... also was named Capital One Academic All-America Team Member of the Year in 2014 ... set Missouri Valley Football Conference records for career rushing (6,548 yards) and career all-purpose yardage (8,211) ... ranks second in career rushing at SDSU and third in FCS history ... tallied 32 career 100-yard games and topped the 200-yard mark eight times ... served as team captain in 2013  and 2014... younger sister, Abby, is a member of the SDSU women’s swimming and diving team 

Became the first back in Division I football history to rush for 2,000 yards in three straight seasons ... All-America honoree by The Sports Network, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, College Sporting News and Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Associaiton ... his 2,019 yards rushing ranked third on the Jackrabbit single-season charts ... gained 100-plus yards in 11 of 14 games ... his 158 points (26 touchdowns, 1 two-point conversion) ranked second on the SDSU single-season charts ... opened season with 103 yards on 17 carries, including 75-yard touchdown run on first play from scrimmage, at Missouri ... added career-high seven receptions for 41 yards at Missouri ... ran for 193 yards and a score on 30 carries in home opener against Cal Poly to top 5,000-yard mark for his career ... rushed 23 times for 209 yards and scored three touchdowns in Beef Bowl win over Wisconsin-Oshkosh ... racked up 193 yards on 27 carries, including 94-yard touchdown run, in road win at Indiana State ... scored career-high five touchdowns (4 rushing, 1 receiving) in FCS playoff win at Montana State, tallying season-high 252 yards on 23 carries and adding two receptions for 72 yards, including pair of 69-yard touchdowns (1 rushing, 1 receiving) ... recorded 133 yards on season-high 32 carries in final collegiate game, at North Dakota State, in FCS playoffs ... named inaugural recipient of Mickey Charles Award for Academic Achievement by The Sports Network ... selected as member of Allstate AFCA Good Works Team ... member of National Football Foundation Scholar Class and a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy ... awarded postgraduate scholarship by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association

Became only the second player in FCS history to rush for two 2,000-yard seasons, posting 2,015 yards on school-record 351 carries ... member of All-America teams sponsored by American Football Coaches Association, Sports Network, Associated Press, College Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation ... ranked second among FCS players for total rushing yards and third with average of 143.9 yards per game ... topped the 100-yard mark in 12 of 14 games, including three games with 200-plus yards ... opened season with 16 carries for 117 yards and pair of touchdowns in win over Butler (Ind.) ... tied own single-game school record with 295 rushing yards in win at North Dakota ... scored four touchdowns — three rushing and one receiving — in game at UND en route to earning player of the week honors from the MVFC and Sports Network ... gained 202 yards on 21 carries and scored pair of touchdowns in losing effort at Nebraska ... began string of eight straight games with 100-plus yards with 31-carry, 112-yard, two-touchdown effort in Hobo Day game versus Southern Illinois ... scored on 80-yard run as part of 21-carry, 133-yard outing at Western Illinois ... closed regular season by rushing 29 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns at Youngstown State ... opened playoffs with 30-carry, 249-yard performance at Northern Arizona, including 87-yard touchdown run in second quarter ... also scored on 34-yard run in win at NAU ... wound up fourth on team with 21 receptions, totaling 251yards with pair of touchdowns ... 25 total touchdowns and 150 points rank second in single-season scoring at SDSU ... scored at least one touchdown in 13 of 14 games, including three-TD outings against Southeastern Louisiana and Youngstown State ... repeat selection to FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team

Put together a breakthrough sophomore season, leading the Football Championship Subdivision in rushing with 2,044 yards and average of 157.2 yards per game ... 
consensus All-America selection who earned first-team honors from Sports Network, AFCS and Walter Camp Football Foundation ... also named to Associated Press FCS All-America Second Team and College Sporting News FCS Fabulous Fifty All-America Team ... finished seventh in balloting for Walter Payton Award for top offensive player in the FCS ranks ... voted as team Most Valuable Player ... named team’s Offensive Player of the Week seven times ... first-team all-MVFC pick ...  rushing total of 2,044 yards was second most in a season by a Jackrabbit ... crossed the 100-yard mark in nine games, including the first seven contests of the season, with three games of 200-plus yards ... opened season with 23-carry, 183-yard performance at Kansas that included school-record 99-yard touchdown run in first quarter ... earned Offensive Player of the Week honors from the MVFC, Sports Network and College Sports Journal after rushing 34 times for 278 yards and a touchdown in win at Southeastern Louisiana ... scored both of team’s touchdowns — from 61 and 23 yards — in home-opening win over UC Davis as he rushed for 197 yards on 21 carries ... scored a 57-yard touchdown and added an 87-yard run to set up another score in conference opener at Indiana State ... his 13 rushing touchdowns in 2012 covered an average of 42.8 yards, including an 88-yard scamper against Missouri State ... racked up 171 yards and two touchdowns in home win over Western Illinois ... returned to 100-yard club with 164 yards on 28 carries in regular season finale versus South Dakota ... rolled up school-record 295 yards on 33 carries in FCS playoff opener versus Eastern Illinois, scoring career-best three touchdowns on runs of 68, 4 and 7 yards ... also named to FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team and College Sports Journal FCS All-Academic Team

Named to MVFC All-Newcomer Team, tallying 1,354 all-purpose yards ... ranked second in kickoff return 
average at 24.3 yards per attempt and ranked third in league for all-purpose yards with average of 123.1 per game ... recorded at least 100 all-purpose yards in nine of 11 games, including season-high 157 at Cal Poly, when he scored on 36-yard pass ... started games at running back versus Missouri State and versus Southern Illinois ... top rushing performance was 16-carry, 97-yard outing at Youngstown State that featured 45-yard gain ... racked up 139 all-purpose yards in season opener against Southern Utah, rushing five times for 41 yards with a 27-yard touchdown on the final play of the third quarter ... carried 16 times for 77 yards at Missouri State ... broke off 78-yard kickoff return in season finale at Western Illinois

Redshirted, but enjoyed an outstanding season on the practice field by being named Offensive Scout Player of the Year ... earned weekly scout team offense award three times, leading up to games against Delaware, Nebraska and North Dakota ... also was honored as Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week prior to contests with Northern Iowa and Youngstown State

Was a finalist for the Minnesota Mr. Football Award after posting an average of 8.9 yards per carry for Eagan High School ... tallied 1,181 rushing yards, 122 
receiving yards and scored 17 total touchdowns, including one on a kickoff return, in earning all-metro honors from both the Associated Press and KARE 11 Television ... also was part of a state tournament-qualifying baseball team at Eagan High School in 2009 ... honored on academic all-state teams