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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: 2 Letters
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Zach has excelled both on the football field and in the classroom during his Jackrabbit career ... has been named to Sports Network Preseason All-America First Team and appears on the 2013 Walter Payton Award Watch List ... three-time member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference Honor Roll for academics and honored twice with the MFVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award ... younger sister, Abby, is a member of the SDSU women’s swimming and diving 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, American Football Coaches Association 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 ... named to Capital One Academic All-America Second Team and FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team after previously earning Capital One Academic All-District recognition ... also named to 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 included career-long 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 ... credited with two tackles at Cal Poly and versus Northern Iowa

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