Summary Zenner, an Eagan native who was a finalist for Minnesota Mr. Football, became the first running back in FCS history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in three seasons. He ranked third in rushing yards per game (144.2) and second in total rushing yards (2,019) in 2014, coming within 12 yards of the FCS all-time rushing record. Zenner rushed for 100 or more yards in 32 games. After balancing kickoff return and some running back duties as a freshman, Zenner became the feature back with 300 carries and 2,044 rushing yards as a sophomore when he led FCS with 157.2 rushing yards per game. Prior to that explosion, Zenner was named Offensive Scout Player of the Year in 2010 when he redshirted. He was also a three-time finalist for the Walter Payton award that honors the top offensive player in FCS.
Stacking up: Zenner, like Minneapolis native John Crockett, is adding to the depth of this year's running back class. Lance Zierlein wrote that Zenner is "more fast than sudden and might be best-suited in a one-cut scheme. His production, size and speed will generate plenty of discussion in draft meetings." DraftNasty, whose editor-in-chief is former Viking Corey Chavous, ranked Zenner as the 18th highest-graded running back in the field, noting his strong workouts that have followed a "stellar career."
"Dear diary,":Zenner is writing a digital diary for foxsports.com that is chronicling his pre-draft experiences. In this entry, he weighed the benefits of being drafted or signing as an undrafted free agent.
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