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Zach Line, FB

School: Southern Methodist  |  Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Oxford, MI
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 232 lbs.
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LATEST NEWS
03/29/2013 - 2013 SMU Pro Day: Zach Line, RB (6-0 3/4, 230) - Line - who was at the combine - ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds against the wind and 4.62 seconds with the wind. He had a 33-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-9 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.40 seconds and had a 7.12-second three-cone. He looked good in the positional workout, catching the ball well. Line was recommended to Jones by Detroit Lions senior vice president of communications Bill Keenist, whose son played high school football with Line in Oxford, Mich. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

12/24/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Zach Line was named First-Team All-C-USA in 2010, 2011 and 2012, becoming just the 11th player in school history to earn all-league honors three times. He finished the year as the league's leading rusher in both 2010 and 2011, and was named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Year in 2012.

Last season, Line suffered a foot injury and missed the last three games of the season but still ranked seventh in the nation in rushing at 122.4 yards per game. He posted eight 100-yard rushing games in 10 games played and led C-USA with 17 rushing touchdowns.

In 2012, Line has posted 135 yards at Baylor, 104 yards against Texas A&M, 177 yards at Tulane, 113 yards versus Houston and 127 against Memphis. He has 1,207 yards on the year - the third straight season that he's broken the 1,000-yard mark. With three 1,000- yard seasons, he is just the second player at SMU with three 1,000-yard seasons (Reggie Dupard) and the fourth C-USA student-athlete to reach that plateau.

He is the only Mustang with three 1,200-yard seasons. His 20 career 100-yard games rank second in SMU history to only Eric Dickerson and fourth among active players. Line has 4,114 yards for his career (2nd at SMU/6th among active players). - SMU football

12/24/2012 - The Mustangs will make their fourth straight bowl appearance. Conference USA has seven bowl tie-ins but only four bowl-eligible teams. Since C-USA will not be able to fill all the spots, determining the bowls could take a few days. Much depends on negotiations with other conferences and bowls. KEEP AN EYE ON: Zach Line rushed for three touchdowns for the first time since the Tulane game last year. He moved into second on SMU's career rushing touchdowns list with 46. He is one shy of Eric Dickerson's record. Line passed Dickerson into second in all-purpose yards (4,715). Arthur Whittington holds the record of 4,888. Line is the only player in SMU history with three 1,200-yard seasons. - The Sports Xchange

12/14/2012 - SMU running back Zach Line will play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19, 2013, the organization announced today. Line, who was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year this season, leads C-USA with 108 yards per game in league contests and is second in C-USA in rushing (100.6 ypg) in all games. He has 1,207 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on the ground in 2012, and has added 32 receptions for 231 yards. He has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark three times and is just the second Mustang and the fourth player in C-USA history to reach that plateau in at least three seasons. He is the only Mustang with three 1,200-yard seasons.

Line has totaled 4,114 yards rushing and 46 rushing TDs in his career, ranking sixth and third, respectively, among active players, and both marks are second-best in school history. His 4,715 career all-purpose yards are second all-time at SMU and his 276 career points are third. The Oxford, Mich., native is just the 11th player in school history to earn first-team all-league honors three times.

Line joins an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre and 62 NFL Hall of Famers who have played in the East-West Shrine Game, America's longest-running college all-star football game. - C-USA football

12/12/2012 - 2012 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB-Zach Line, Sr., SMU, has been selected First Team All-Conference USA (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Line, a senior running back, leads C-USA with 108 yards per game in league contests and is second in C-USA in rushing (100.6 ypg) in all games. He has 1,207 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on the ground in 2012, adding 32 receptions for 231 yards.

He has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark three times and is just the second Mustang and the fourth player in C-USA history to reach that plateau in at least three seasons. Line has totaled 4,114 yards rushing and 46 TDs on the ground in his career, ranking sixth and third, respectively, among active players, and both marks are second-best in school history. His 4,715 career all-purpose yards are second all-time at SMU and his 276 career points are third. - SMU football

12/06/2012 - 2012 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: SMU senior RB Zach Line was named Offensive Player of the Year, marking the first time a running back has won the award since UCF's Kevin Smith in 2007. Line leads the league with 1,207 rushing yards, becoming the second player in SMU history (Reggie Dupard from 1983-85) and fourth back in C-USA annals to run for more than 1,000 yards in three seasons. He ran for 12 touchdowns this year, giving him 45 in his career, the second-highest total in C-USA history. Line has led the Mustangs to a school-record fourth consecutive bowl appearance as SMU prepares to face Fresno State in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl. - Conference USA football

11/24/2012 - Zach Line ran for three touchdowns, and SMU got a last-second, goal-line stop to hold off Tulsa 35-27 on Saturday and become eligible for a school-record fourth consecutive bowl game. Line, who totaled 81 yards rushing, scored on two 3-yard runs in the first half before his 10-yarder late in the third quarter gave the Mustangs (6-6, 5-3 Conference USA) a 35-6 lead.

The Golden Hurricane (9-3, 7-1) rallied behind Cody Green, who threw touchdowns to Willie Carter and Keyarris Garrett before Alex Singleton's 1-yard run pulled Tulsa within eight with 5:05 to play. Tulsa got the ball back with 46 seconds left, but on the final play, Jordan James was stopped at the SMU 1 after a 34-yard completion from Green. Green threw for 413 yards and three scores for Tulsa, which rolled up 591 yards of total offense but was hurt by two lost fumbles and an interception. SMU's Garrett Gilbert threw a touchdown to Der'rikk Thompson and added 111 yards rushing and a score. - AP Sports

09/30/2012 - RB Zach Line had his lowest total of the season with 49 rushing yards. But his 21-yard touchdown, which opened SMU's scoring, was a work of art. He powered through the middle of the line, bowled over one tackler, escaped from two others and spun around to run the rest of the way. He ranks tied for third among active players with 37 career rushing TDs.

09/17/2012 - RB Zach Line showed his toughness against A&M's strong front four. He gained 104 yards on 16 carries for a 6.5-yard average. He has gained at least 100 yards in 10 of his last 13 starts (8-of-10 in 2011, 2-of-3 in 2012).

09/09/2012 - Zach Line got Southern Methodist off and running with a pair of rushing touchdowns in the second quarter and then the Mustangs' defense and special teams took over, securing a 52-0 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday night. After the teams battled to a scoreless tie at the end of the first quarter, Line scored on a 3-yard run and a 1-yard run. He finished with 60 yards on 19 carries. Kenneth Acker excelled for SMU (1-1) on defense and special teams. He returned a blocked field-goal attempt 56 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half, and scored on a 77-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter. SMU intercepted seven passes and recovered two fumbles by Stephen F. Austin (1--1), returning one for a touchdown. - AP Sports

09/02/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Zach Line puts the run in SMU's Run & Shoot. Despite missing the last three games last season with a broken foot, Line still rushed for 1,224 yards and 17 TDs, and ranked seventh nationally in rushing at 122.4 yards per game. He has 15 100-yard games in the past two seasons and his 34 career rushing TDs ranks third-most among active players, behind only Wisconsin's Montee Ball and Michigan's Denard Robinson. - SMU football

08/14/2012 - WR Darius Johnson did not practice on Monday because of a sore wrist as the Mustangs worked out in full pads. Johnson, who fell on the wrist Saturday, was held out for precautionary reasons and is day to day, coach June Jones said. Freshman Seaver Myers got some work with the first team at right tackle in place of junior transfer Stavion Lowe. And Jordan Favreau took some snaps at left guard with Blake McJunkin moving to center. Senior lineman Jordan Free continues to run but has not been cleared for practice. Running back Zach Line, who led Conference USA in rushing last year despite missing the final three games with a foot injury, has looked strong. "We're not tackling, but he looks 100 percent," Jones said. - Bill Nichols, The Dallas Morning News

08/02/2012 - SMU running back Zach Line, Conference USA's preseason offensive player of the year, is confident that his surgically repaired foot will be fine. He said he will continue to play on special teams. "It was hard sitting out for six months," said Line, who rushed for 1,224 yards and 17 touchdowns despite missing the last three games. "But I've been running and cutting since the beginning of summer. I feel great." Line enters preseason workouts at 235 pounds, 10 pounds heavier than last season. "I'm heavier, but I feel light on my feet," he said. "I'm running the same, and I think that will only help with the blocking and running." - Bill Nichols, The Dallas Morning News

07/24/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE USA TEAM (COACHES): RB Zach Line, Sr., SMU...Line was named first team All-C-USA in both 2010 and 2011 and led the league in rushing both years. Last season, Line suffered a foot injury and missed the last three games of the season but still ranked seventh in the nation in rushing at 122.4 yards per game. He posted eight 100-yard rushing games in 10 games played and led C-USA with 17 rushing touchdowns in 2011. - SMU football

07/23/2012 - 2012 CONFERENCE USA COACHES PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Zach Line, Sr., RB, SMU...Line was named first team All-C-USA in both 2010 and 2011 and led the league in rushing both years. Last season, Line suffered a foot injury and missed the last three games of the season but still ranked seventh in the nation in rushing at 122.4 yards per game. He posted eight 100-yard rushing games in 10 games played and was named one of 10 Doak Walker Award semifinalists. Line led C-USA with 17 rushing touchdowns in 2011. - C-USA Football

07/23/2012 - A trio of seniors headline the list of preseason Conference USA Football award winners, as chosen by the league's 12 head coaches. SMU senior RB Zach Line was chosen as the preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Tulane senior LB Trent Mackey was named the Defensive Player of the Year and Southern Miss senior return specialist Tracey Lampley earned Special Teams Player of the Year honors. SMU and UCF had the most overall preseason selections with four, while East Carolina, Houston, Rice and Southern Miss had three. Each school had at least one player named to the team. The 2012 C-USA Football season kicks off Thursday, August 30, when Rice hosts UCLA and UCF visits Akron. Each of the league's 12 teams are in action during opening weekend, with eight games scheduled to air on national television. - C-USA Football

07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Zach Line, senior, RB, SMU, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Line was named first-team All-C-USA in both 2010 and 2011 and led the league in rushing both years. Last season, Line suffered a foot injury and missed the last three games of the season, but still ranked seventh in the nation in rushing at 122.4 yards a game. He posted eight 100-yard rushing games in 10 games played. - SMU football

07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Zach Line (Sr.), SMU, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. Line was named first-team All-C-USA in both 2010 and 2011 and led the league in rushing both years. Last season, Line suffered a foot injury and missed the last three games of the season but still ranked seventh in the nation in rushing at 122.4 yards a game. He posted eight 100-yard rushing games in 10 games played. Line has also been named to the 2012 Watch List for the Maxwell Award, which is given to America's outstanding collegiate football player. - SMU football

07/10/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Zach Line, SMU, RB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Line was named first-team All-C-USA in both 2010 and 2011 and led the league in rushing both years. Last season, Line suffered a foot injury and missed the last three games of the season but still ranked seventh in the nation in rushing at 122.4 yards a game. He posted eight 100-yard rushing games in 10 games played and was named one of 10 Doak Walker Award semifinalists. - SMU football

 
LATEST NEWS
03/29/2013 - 2013 SMU Pro Day: Zach Line, RB (6-0 3/4, 230) - Line - who was at the combine - ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds against the wind and 4.62 seconds with the wind. He had a 33-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-9 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.40 seconds and had a 7.12-second three-cone. He looked good in the positional workout, catching the ball well. Line was recommended to Jones by Detroit Lions senior vice president of communications Bill Keenist, whose son played high school football with Line in Oxford, Mich. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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