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Draft Scout Zach Zenner News
12/05/14 - South Dakota State's Zach Zenner is one typical game away from setting the all-time Football Championship Subdivision record for rushing. He also has some unfinished business against rival North Dakota State. The senior from Eagan, Minnesota, has averaged 6 yards per run in his career and is 145 yards away from breaking the 6,559 yard record set by Adrian Peterson of Georgia Southern — not the one who plays for the Minnesota Vikings — from 1998-2001. But against NDSU, he has averaged less than 4 yards per run and the Jackrabbits have yet to beat the Bison in that span.
Zenner has one last chance Saturday when SDSU faces the three-time defending FCS national champion in a second-round playoff game at the Fargodome. "We're certainly aware of it, but that's not really the focus," Zenner said of his winless mark against the Bison. "The focus is to win this time." The Bison defense has made life difficult for most running backs, Zenner said, not just him. NDSU is allowing just 11.6 points per game and has the stingiest scoring defense in the FCS for the fourth straight season. During the regular-season 37-17 loss to NDSU in Fargo, Zenner ran for 96 yards on 17 attempts, topping his previous best against the Bison by 50 yards. Before that, he averaged 11 carries for 32 yards against NDSU; the worst showing was 2013 with eight carries for four yards. - AP Sports
11/11/14 - Zach Zenner's 94-yard touchdown run and Jake Wieneke's 91-yard catch were highlights as South Dakota State erupted for 25 points after halftime to defeat Indiana State 32-17 on Saturday. Trailing by two points, Austin Sumner and Wieneke connected on a slant pass that went for 91 yards and the lead after halftime, tying the longest pass play in school history. Sumner passed for 298 yards and two TDs for South Dakota State (6-4, 3-3 Missouri Valley). Zenner finished with 193 yards, Wieneke with 172 and each scored twice. In the fourth quarter, Justin Syrovatka matched a season-long with a 46-yard field goal and Sumner found Wieneke on a 31-yard scoring pass as the Jackrabbits scored 17 points about eight minutes. Indiana State (6-4, 3-3) led 9-7 at halftime when Conlan Cassidy blocked a punt for a safety and Buck Logan followed with a 3-yard TD run on the ensuing drive. - AP Sports
10/15/14 - SEPT 8 MISSOURI VALLEY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: RB Zach Zenner, South Dakota State, 6-0, 220, Sr., Eagan (Minn.) High,...Zenner carried the ball 30 times for 193 yards and a touchdown in South Dakota State’s 44-18 victory over Cal Poly. Zenner became the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s career rushing leader in the game, upping his career total to 4,825, passing the previous record of 4,746 yards set by Western Illinois’ Herb Donaldson from 2005-08. Zenner topped the 100-yard mark for the 23rd time in his career in Saturday’s game. - Missouri Valley football
08/19/14 - 2014 PRESEASON MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Zach Zenner, SDSU, 6-0 220, Sr., Eagan (Minn.) High...Leading the SDSU contingent was senior running back Zach Zenner, who already holds the league record for career all-purpose yards and needs less than 300 yards to set the conference’s all-time rushing mark. Zenner has rushed for 2,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. North Dakota State led the league with eight selections to the preseason team, followed by SDSU and UNI with six. - South Dakota State football
08/09/14 - 2014 PRESEASON WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCHLIST: Zach Zenner, South Dakota State, Running Back, Senior...Two-time first-team All-American finished seventh in both the 2012 and 2013 Walter Payton Award voting...Rushed for an FCS-high 2,044 yards in 2012 and then 2,015 in 2013 to join former Sacramento State tailback Charles Roberts as the only two-time 2,000-yards rushers in FCS history. As a senior, Zenner will try to be the first player to accomplish it three times...Has rushed for a school-record 295 yards twice in his career, including in a 2012 playoff win over Eastern Illinois...Workhorse enters senior season with 43 career touchdowns. - The Sports Network