Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Stacy was taken with the 160th pick and became the first Vanderbilt running back since Corey Harris in 1992 to be drafted. He’ll play for former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher.
“Nashville recruited me. St. Louis drafted me. BLESSED for the opportunity,” Stacy Tweeted on Saturday. “[Been] waiting on this day since I was 16. Thanks for support.”
Stacy, a native of Centreville, Ala., finished his four-year career with 3,143 rushing yards – the most in school history. In 2011, he set the single-season mark with 1,193 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also owns the school record with 30 touchdowns, is the only Vanderbilt running back with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons and was named the Music City Bowl MVP.
“I’m very happy for Zac,” coach James Franklin said. “He’s a team-oriented winner who has enjoyed a tremendous career, consistently performing at a very high level against the best competition in college football. Zac will go down as the greatest running back ever at Vanderbilt. But even more than what Zac has accomplished on the field, he is an outstanding young man, and a credit to his family, teammates and coaches, and this university.”
• Seymour to Seahawks: Guard Ryan Seymour was also drafted, taken by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder was a three-year starter and started all 13 games in 2012 -- the first nine games at right guard, then both tackle positions. The Kingsland, Ga., native helped pave holes for Stacy and strengthen an offense that averaged 30 points a game - the most since World War I.
"Ryan brings tremendous versatility to Seattle's offensive line, a guy that has the ability to contribute at tackle, guard and center," Franklin said. "He really put together an excellent senior season, both as a player on the field and teammate in the locker room. I think Ryan has a chance to play in the NFL for a long time."