PLAYER
Zach Zenner
RB #34
Height:
5-11
Weight:
221
Age:
25
College:
South Dakota State
Hometown:
Eagan, MN
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2016):

CAR
88
YDS
334
AVG
3.8
TDS
4
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesRushingReceivingFumbles
GGSAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLongTDFUMLost
TOTAL 105 394 3.8 20 4 20 207 10.4 33 0 1 1
2016 DET 14 4 88 334 3.8 20 4 18 196 10.9 33 0 1 1
2015 DET 6 1 17 60 3.5 12 0 2 11 5.5 7 0 -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultRushingReceivingFumbles
AttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 @IND W 39-35 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 TEN L 15-16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @GB L 27-34 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 @CHI L 14-17 3 12 4 10 0 1 22 22 22 0 -- --
5 PHI W 24-23 7 9 1.3 6 0 2 23 11.5 19 0 -- --
6 LA W 31-28 14 58 4.1 19 0 2 19 9.5 15 0 -- --
7 WAS W 20-17 9 29 3.2 9 1 0 0 -- -- 0 -- --
8 @HOU L 13-20 3 2 0.7 2 0 1 5 5 5 0 -- --
9 @MIN W 22-16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 JAX W 26-19 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 MIN W 16-13 1 0 -- 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
13 @NO W 28-13 9 40 4.4 9 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
14 CHI W 20-17 7 36 5.1 13 0 2 9 4.5 5 0 -- --
15 @NYG L 6-17 3 12 4 7 0 4 52 13 33 0 1 1
16 @DAL L 21-42 12 67 5.6 20 2 2 25 12.5 13 0 -- --
17 GB L 24-31 20 69 3.5 15 1 4 41 10.3 16 0 -- --

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Biography

Earned a roster spot following a 2015 preseason in which he led the NFL in rushing yards and also recorded two touchdowns. Concluded his second NFL season in 2016 as the Lions' leading rusher for the final weeks of the season, finishing with 35 carries for 148 yards and three touchdowns over the final three weeks.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Placed on Reserve/Injured on October 20, 2015.
  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 7, 2015.

PRO
Earned a roster spot following a 2015 preseason in which he led the NFL in rushing yards and also recorded two touchdowns. Concluded his second NFL season in 2016 as the Lions' leading rusher for the final weeks of the season, finishing with 35 carries for 148 yards and three touchdowns over the final three weeks.

2016: Inactive in Weeks 1-2.

  • Appeared on special teams in Week 3 at Green Bay (9/25).
  • Rushed for 12 yards on three carries and recorded one reception for 22 yards in Week 4 at Chicago (10/2).
  • Made a then career-high two receptions for a then career-high 23 yards in Week 5 vs. Philadelphia (10/9). Also recorded seven rushing attempts for nine yards.
  • Made his second career start at running back in Week 6 vs. Los Angeles (10/16). Rushed for 58 yards on 14 attempts, including a crucial 19-yard gain on a Lions first-and-20 that went on to be a touchdown-scoring drive for Detroit. Also made two receptions for 19 yards with a long of 15.
  • Scored his first-career touchdown on a one-yard rush in the Lions’ Week 7 victory vs. Washington (10/23). Made his third career start at running back and finished the day with 29 yards on nine attempts.
  • In Week 8 at Houston (10/30), rushed for two yards on three attempts and made one reception for five yards.
  • In Week 13 at New Orleans (12/4), had a team-high 40 rushing yards on nine attempts with a long of nine.
  • Carried the ball seven times for 36 yards with a long of 12 in Week 14 vs. Chicago (12/11). Also made two receptions for nine yards before exiting the game early due to injury.
  • In Week 15 at New York Giants (12/18), made a career-high four receptions for a career-high 52 yards, including a career-high 33-yarder. Also rushed for 12 yards on three attempts.
  • In Week 16 at Dallas (12/26), scored a career-high two rushing touchdowns and racked up a then career-high 67 rushing yards including a career-high long of 20. Also caught two passes for 25 yards, finishing the day with a then career-high 92 all-purpose yards.
  • Started for the second consecutive game in Week 17 vs. Green Bay (1/1). Rushed for a career-high 69 yards on a career-high 20 attempts and scored one touchdown. Also caught four passes for 41 yards, notching a career-high 110 all-purpose yards.
  • In the Wild Card playoff game at Seattle (1/7), rushed for 34 yards on 11 attempts and caught six passes for 54 yards with a long of 23.

2015: Carried the ball 17 times for 60 yards and saw action in six games (one start) before suffering a season-ending injury. Placed on Reserve/Injured on October 20, 2015.

  • In his NFL debut, had two carries for six yards in Week 1 at San Diego (9/13).
  • Contributed on offense and special teams in Week 2 at Minnesota (9/20).
  • Saw action on offense and special teams in Week 3 vs. Denver (9/27).
  • Recorded two carries for nine yards in Week 4 at Seattle (10/5).
  • Garnered his first career start at RB in the NFL in Week 5 vs. Arizona (10/11). Set a career-high with 10 rushing attempts for 30 yards with a long of 12.
  • Had three carries for 15 yards with a long of seven before leaving the game due to injury in Week 6 vs. Chicago (10/18).
  • Placed on Reserve/Injured on October 20, 2015.

COLLEGE
Left his mark on the South Dakota State football program as the first running back in Division I football history to rush for 2,000 yards in three straight seasons (2,044 in 2012; 2,015 in 2013; 2,019 in 2014). Extremely productive runner who finished his four-year career at SDSU with 1,095 carries for 6,548 yards and 61 touchdowns, as well as 95 receptions for 909 yards and eight touchdowns.

  • His 6,548 career rushing yards rank second all-time in school history.
  • Ran for 100 or more yards in 32 games during his career and topped the 200-yard mark eight times.
  • Was a three-time finalist for the Walter Payton Award, finishing seventh in 2012, sixth in 2013 and sixth in 2014.
  • National honors include: Sports Network (First Team – 2012, 2013, 2014), American Football Coaches Association (First Team – 2012, 2013, 2014), Walter Camp Football Foundation (First Team – 2012, 2013, 2014) and Associated Press (Second Team – 2012; First Team – 2013, 2014).
  • Holds the SDSU single-game rushing record with a 295-yard performance against Eastern Illinois in 2012, which he again tied during the North Dakota game in 2013.
  • Ranks third in career rushing yards (6,548) and career all-purpose yards (8,211) among Football Championship Subdivision players.

2014: Capped off his incredible college career in 2014 with 2,019 rushing yards on 337 carries, totaling 22 touchdowns, as well as 28 receptions for 331 yards and four touchdowns. He gained 100 or more yards in 11 of the 14 games over the course of the season, and his 158 points (26 touchdowns, one two-point conversion), ranked second in the SDSU single-season record books.

  • Scored a career-high five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) in FCS playoff win at Montana State.
  • Selected as a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, the National Football Foundation Scholar Class and was a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy.

2013: Became only the second player in FCS history to rush for two 2,000-yard seasons, posting 2,015 yards on a school-record 351 carries. Topped the 100-yard mark in 12 of the 14 games during the season, including three games with 200 yards or more.

  • Scored at least one touchdown in 13 of the 14 games, including three-score outings against Southeastern Louisiana and Youngstown State.
  • Tied his own single-game record of 295 rushing yards in the win over North Dakota.

2012: Broke into the offense as a sophomore by leading the FCS Subdivision in rushing with 2,044 yards on 300 carries and added 13 touchdowns.

  • Set the school record for single-game rushing yards with a 295-yard performance against Eastern Illinois.

2011: Named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team after racking up 1,354 all-purpose yards as a freshman. Recorded at least 100 all-purpose yards in nine of the 11 games he played in, including a season-high 157 at Cal Poly.

PERSONAL
Following a successful career at Eagan (Minn.) High School, was named a finalist for the Minnesota Mr. Football Award after posting 1,181 rushing yards, 122 receiving yards and 17 total touchdowns as a senior. Earned all-metro honors from both the Associated Press and KARE-11 Television. Also helped the Eagan baseball team qualify for the state tournament in 2009.

  • Recipient of inaugural Mickey Charles Award for Academic Excellence at SDSU — awarded to top scholar-athlete in FCS.
  • Received Joseph F. Nelson Undergraduate Research Award at South Dakota State University in 2013 for colon cancer research.
  • Three-time Capital One Academic All-American (second team in 2012, first team in 2013 and 2014; Team Member of the Year for Division I Football in 2014).

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Zenner on offseason plans

    Posted Jan 11, 2017

    RB Zach Zenner talks about his plans for the offseason as well as what he learned about himself during the 2016 season.

  • Zenner on heavy workload

    Posted Jan 4, 2017

    RB Zach Zenner talks about the heavy workload he has been given recently as well as how he views the Seahawks' defense.

  • Zenner on preparing for Seahawks

    Posted Jan 1, 2017

    RB Zach Zenner talks about the need to have a short-term memory after tonight's loss to Green Bay as well how that mentality helps the Lions prepare to face Seattle in the playoffs.

  • Zenner on first half success

    Posted Dec 26, 2016

    RB Zach Zenner talks about his success running the ball in the first half as well as the offense missing opportunities in the second half of the Week 16 loss in Dallas.

  • Zenner on red-zone fumble

    Posted Dec 18, 2016

    RB Zach Zenner talks about his fumble into the endzone and the lack of success in the run game during the Week 15 loss to the Giants.

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