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Draft Scout Zach Zenner News
09/06/15 - RB Zach Zenner was the only undrafted rookie to make the 53-man roster.
08/30/15 - RB Zach Zenner continued to impress and appears locked into a spot on the 53-man roster as the fourth tailback. Highlighted by a 41-yarder in the second quarter, Zenner finished with eight carries for 85 yards and a touchdown. The score came on a tough 3-yard run.
"He's a guy that doesn't wow you without pads on and then you go put the pads on and you play real football," quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "And he does the right thing in protection, has pretty sure hands and then when he gets the ball in his hands when he's running the ball, he does a great job. He's got really good patience, good vision and he's obviously a big kid."
Zenner ran for 2,000-plus yards in each of the last three years. He also had 81 yards from scrimmage last week against Washington and 55 rushing yards two weeks ago against the Jets, but said he's not sure where he stands on the roster.
"I'm not in the decision room," he said. "I know in this league, there's so many variables, so it's hard for me to say."
08/14/15 - RB Zach Zenner had 13 carries for 55 yards and showed an ability to keep his feet and body moving forward.
05/25/15 - RB Zach Zenner was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Lions on May 8.
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