(FootballSTL) -- When a football team is 3-6 and seemingly headed for another disappointing season bright spots are few and far between. For the St. Louis Rams at the moment, there might be just one bright spot.
But it’s an important one.
Rookie Zac Stacy just might have emerged as the future running back this team has been looking for. The Vanderbilt product rushed for 127 yards on 27 carries (an average of 4.7) and also scored his first two touchdowns of the season. Over the past two weeks, he’s carried 53 times for 261 yards.
“I try not to talk my individual success because it all starts up front. The offensive line is doing a great job week-in and week-out. I’m just wanting to stay consistent and stay productive week-in and week-out,” Stacy said.
Stacy might not want to talk about his success. But his teammates have no problem doing just that.
“From the moment that Zac Stacy took over that No. 1 spot he’s been a great weapon for us,” Kellen Clemens said. “He’s a good back. He’s also very good out of the backfield as we saw tonight. I think he probably had three or four catches. He’s a great weapon for us. We’re lucky to have him. He’s stepped up in a big way.”
Maybe his best run of the day came in the 4th quarter when he rumbled 32 yards while breaking at least three would-be Titans tacklers.
“That was a great run. That’s what he’s about,” Jeff Fisher said. “‘AP’ (WR Austin Pettis) threw a nice block there at the end and ‘Cookie’ (TE Jared Cook) got involved with some push and got some extra yards. That was an outstanding run, gave us a chance and sparked that drive for us.”
Breaking tackles appears to be one of Stacy’s best attributes. He possesses very strong legs and drives them relentlessly through defenders. Is that something he takes pride in?
“Absolutely. That’s one thing you’ve got to have,” Stacy said. “You’ve got to have that pride and mentality to be able to get yards after contact in this league because you’ve got defenders in this league that are great athletes. So, it’s just something we pride in the running back unit, getting (yards after contact) and just making plays.”