(FootballStL) -- Rams running back Zac Stacy made the most of his first NFL start. With the Rams running game needing a serious boost, Stacy grinded out 78 yards on 14 carries to help balance the Rams offensive attack in their 34-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Daryl Richardson has been unable to fill the large shoes left by Pro Bowler Steven Jackson at the starting running back position. Since Jackson left for the Atlanta Falcons, Richardson has averaged just 2.7 yards per carry this season.
Enter Zac Stacy. The rookie from Vanderbilt pounded out the tough yards between the tackles, to help the Rams sustain drives.
"It was pretty much a good, productive day", said Stacy. "It all started up front, but we came into the game - we wanted to establish the run and we got that job done today. It was just overall a good team win for us."
When asked if he was nervous for his first NFL start, Stacy replied, "Not really. I've been doing it my whole career. Obviously, the game is faster, but at the same time, it's football - just out there to have fun. Coach Fisher loves that physical type of running, and that's one thing that we all emphasize in the running back room. We want to bring that physicality out there on the field. "
The Rams ground attack pounded out 143 yards, thanks to the hard running of Stacy. "Zac, I think, he had a long run of 12 and averaged 5.5 or better," said head coach Jeff Fisher. "So he's hitting the hole well. He got extra stuff, so it's good. So we got some things done in the run game."