Zac Stacy: Video Highlights for Former Vanderbilt RB
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Zac Stacy won't be the first running back taken off the board in this year's draft, but he shouldn't be the last, either.
Stacy isn't the biggest back (5'9" and 216 pounds) nor is he the fastest (4.55-second 40-yard dash at the combine).
But he is someone who should become a serviceable backup in the pros.
He is a versatile back, who, at various times, demonstrates some open-field speed and power while being able to operate in the Wildcat and throw the occasional pass.
These are some highlights showcasing Stacy's skills.
Sealing the Victory on Oct. 6, 2012, vs. Missouri
Zac Stacy bounces off of a defender to secure the game-sealing first down.
At this point in the game, Vanderbilt is up 19-15 with just over one minute remaining in the fourth quarter.
It's 3rd-and-8, and if the Commodores don't pick up the first down, then they're punting the ball back to Missouri and giving the Tigers a small chance to steal the game.
The Commodores opt to give the ball to Zac Stacy on this play, and he takes them home.
Running off the left side, Stacy gets to the edge and bounces off of a defender who tries to provide a heavy blow. Instead, it's Stacy who makes the defender pay.
Had Stacy gone down there, he would have been short of the first down.
In addition to breaking off the tackle, Stacy had the smarts to slide inbounds after picking up the first down to keep the clock running.
The combination of power and intelligence is what makes this a noteworthy play.
90-Yard Touchdown Run on Nov. 24, 2012, vs. Wake Forest
Zac Stacy takes a simple handoff up the middle 90 yards for the touchdown.
With the game out of reach and Vanderbilt up 48-14 in the fourth quarter, Zac Stacy took a simple handoff up the middle 90 yards for a touchdown.
The blocking up front was strong. There was a nice hole for Stacy to run through with one defender missing a tackle on his way to the end zone.
This isn't the type of player Stacy will be in the NFL. He's not a burner (he ran a 4.55 40-yard dash at the combine).
And while he likely would have been run down in the NFL, it was nice to see him show the ability to keep in front of defenders once he is downfield.
71-Yard Halfback Screen on Nov. 17, 2012, vs. Tennessee
Zac Stacy takes a halfback screen at Vanderbilt's 23-yard line down to Tennessee's six-yard line. Play ends at 2:57.
This halfback screen to Zac Stacy came on the Commodores' first offensive play of the game and set the tone in Vanderbilt's 41-18 victory.
On this play, Stacy demonstrates the ability to execute a screen play properly. The first step is catching the ball. Being versatile in today's NFL is key for players like Stacy who aren't elite talents.
Secondly, watch the way Stacy uses his blockers.
Around Vanderbilt's 35-yard line, Stacy could have just blown past the offensive lineman in front of him. That would have been the stupid thing to do. Instead, he paced himself and allowed his lineman to pick off a defender before bursting down the field and inside Tennessee's 10-yard line.
He stayed patient and took his shot when it was there. Had he gotten overly aggressive, this would have been a 10-yard gain instead of about a 71-yard gain.
Patience by the running back is key to a properly executed screen, which is what we see here.
Halfback Pass on Nov. 17, 2012, vs. Tennessee
With Vanderbilt in the red zone, it called a halfback pass for Zac Stacy. It wasn't the perfect pass, but it was one Jordan Rodgers should have caught. Play ends at 5:09.
As I mentioned previously, being versatile is key for any middle-of-the-pack player in the draft.
Zac Stacy, on this halfback pass, demonstrates his ability to partake in trick plays and to throw a somewhat decent ball.
His pass to quarterback Jordan Rodgers isn't the greatest; it's slightly underthrown, but it was a catch Rodgers should have made (especially considering how wide open he was).
Stacy completed just one of four passes on the season for 25 yards, but by giving a running back multiple opportunities to pass the ball, the coaching staff showed faith in Stacy.
Running the Wildcat on Nov. 17, 2012, vs. Tennessee
Zac Stacy assumes the Wildcat formation on this play and takes the ball 10 yards into the end zone. Play ends at 5:57.
Versatility. Versatility. Versatility.
In this play, Zac Stacy assumes the Wildcat formation.
Now, the Wildcat isn't as popular as it once was, but there are still teams out there implementing it into their playbooks.
The Wildcat isn't an overly difficult formation, but (like anything) it is awkward the first few times you do it.
That isn't a problem for Stacy, who has assumed the position numerous times.
On this play, we get a glimpse of his ability to properly read his linemen from the backfield and take the ball into the end zone for the score.
Carrying the Pile on Nov. 12, 2011, vs. Kentucky
Zac Stacy carries members of Kentucky's defense into the end zone for the touchdown.
Zac Stacy isn't the quickest back in the NFL draft, which means he must demonstrate a little more power than most.
On this particular play, that's what we get.
Stacy pushes the pile against the Kentucky Wildcats in this 2011 affair and doesn't stop until he reaches the end zone.
Stacy isn't likely to do this at the NFL, given that he's not the biggest back, but demonstrating the will, desire and enough strength to do this should make scouts feel alright about this guy's chances at the next level.