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Draft Scout Zach Line News
08/11/13 - RB Zach Line, a rookie free agent from SMU, caught a simple swing pass from quarterback Matt Cassel and just kept running and rumbling until somehow he ended up in the end zone 61 yards away. It was the Vikings' only touchdown in a 27-13 preseason opening loss to Houston at Mall of America Field. It also caused a lot of people to find out just who this 6-1, 233-pound fullback is.
For starters, he's got quite a line in his resume: No. 2 all-time rusher in SMU history. Right behind a guy named Eric Dickerson.
Secondly, he was selected by Sports Illustrated's Peter King to be chronicled by King's "Monday Morning Quarterback" website as the representative NFL long-shot. Reporter Jenny Vrentas has been following Line's journey from the beginning.
Friday, Vrentas was sitting with Line's parents, his fiancee and about 30 family members from Clear Lake, Iowa, when Line caught the simple pass and had safety D.J. Swearinger bounce off him at the line of scrimmage. A wave of blockers, including receiver Stephen Burton, who had the key block, preceded the big fella into the end zone.
"It was like a chariot ride (down the sideline)," Line said.
According to a tweet from Vrentas, Line's mother cried afterward while Line's father said it was the sixth biggest moment of his life after the birth of his five children.
03/29/13 - 2013 SMU Pro Day: Zach Line, RB (6-0 3/4, 230) - Line - who was at the combine - ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds against the wind and 4.62 seconds with the wind. He had a 33-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-9 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.40 seconds and had a 7.12-second three-cone. He looked good in the positional workout, catching the ball well. Line was recommended to Jones by Detroit Lions senior vice president of communications Bill Keenist, whose son played high school football with Line in Oxford, Mich. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
12/24/12 - The Mustangs will make their fourth straight bowl appearance. Conference USA has seven bowl tie-ins but only four bowl-eligible teams. Since C-USA will not be able to fill all the spots, determining the bowls could take a few days. Much depends on negotiations with other conferences and bowls. KEEP AN EYE ON: Zach Line rushed for three touchdowns for the first time since the Tulane game last year. He moved into second on SMU's career rushing touchdowns list with 46. He is one shy of Eric Dickerson's record. Line passed Dickerson into second in all-purpose yards (4,715). Arthur Whittington holds the record of 4,888. Line is the only player in SMU history with three 1,200-yard seasons. - The Sports Xchange
12/24/12 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Zach Line was named First-Team All-C-USA in 2010, 2011 and 2012, becoming just the 11th player in school history to earn all-league honors three times. He finished the year as the league’s leading rusher in both 2010 and 2011, and was named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Year in 2012.
Last season, Line suffered a foot injury and missed the last three games of the season but still ranked seventh in the nation in rushing at 122.4 yards per game. He posted eight 100-yard rushing games in 10 games played and led C-USA with 17 rushing touchdowns.
In 2012, Line has posted 135 yards at Baylor, 104 yards against Texas A&M, 177 yards at Tulane, 113 yards versus Houston and 127 against Memphis. He has 1,207 yards on the year - the third straight season that he’s broken the 1,000-yard mark. With three 1,000- yard seasons, he is just the second player at SMU with three 1,000-yard seasons (Reggie Dupard) and the fourth C-USA student-athlete to reach that plateau.
He is the only Mustang with three 1,200-yard seasons. His 20 career 100-yard games rank second in SMU history to only Eric Dickerson and fourth among active players. Line has 4,114 yards for his career (2nd at SMU/6th among active players). - SMU football
12/14/12 - SMU running back Zach Line will play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19, 2013, the organization announced today. Line, who was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year this season, leads C-USA with 108 yards per game in league contests and is second in C-USA in rushing (100.6 ypg) in all games. He has 1,207 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on the ground in 2012, and has added 32 receptions for 231 yards. He has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark three times and is just the second Mustang and the fourth player in C-USA history to reach that plateau in at least three seasons. He is the only Mustang with three 1,200-yard seasons.
Line has totaled 4,114 yards rushing and 46 rushing TDs in his career, ranking sixth and third, respectively, among active players, and both marks are second-best in school history. His 4,715 career all-purpose yards are second all-time at SMU and his 276 career points are third. The Oxford, Mich., native is just the 11th player in school history to earn first-team all-league honors three times.
Line joins an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre and 62 NFL Hall of Famers who have played in the East-West Shrine Game, America's longest-running college all-star football game. - C-USA football