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Zach Line
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Line with the Minnesota Vikings in 2015
No. 42     
Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-04-26) April 26, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth: Oxford, Michigan
Career information
College: Southern Methodist
Undrafted in 2013
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Minnesota Vikings ( 2013 2016)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing yards     94
Rushing average     3.2
Rushing touchdowns     2
Receptions     14
Receiving yards     125
Receiving touchdowns     4
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Zach Line (born May 26, 1990) is an American football fullback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He played college football at Southern Methodist University.

Early yearsEdit

Line attended Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan.[1] As a senior, he had a team-high 154 tackles with eight forced fumbles and four recoveries from the inside linebacker spot; on offense, he rushed for 1,723 yards with 17 touchdowns while also throwing for three more scores.[2] For his season efforts, he was named a first Team All-State pick.

Regarded as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Line committed to SMU on January 29, 2008.[3] He also received a scholarship offer from Robert Morris University.[4] Line has two brothers, Prescott and Ben, that currently play at Michigan State University and Robert Morris University, respectively.[5][6][7]

College careerEdit

Line attended and played college football at SMU from 2009–2012.[8] In the 2009 season, he finished with 49 carries for 189 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns.[9] In the 2010 season, he finished with 244 carries for 1,494 rushing yards and ten rushing touchdowns.[10] In the 2011 season, he finished with 208 carries for 1,224 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns.[11] In the 2012 season, his final collegiate season, he finished with 277 carries for 1,278 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns.[12]

Collegiate statisticsEdit

Zach Line Rushing Receiving
Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2009 SMU CUSA FR RB 13 49 189 3.9 7 10 68 6.8 0
2010 SMU CUSA SO RB 14 244 1,494 6.1 10 17 163 9.6 0
2011 SMU CUSA JR RB 10 208 1,224 5.9 17 15 139 9.3 0
2012 SMU CUSA SR RB 13 277 1,278 4.6 13 33 229 6.9 0
Career SMU 50 778 4,185 5.4 47 75 599 8.0 0

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 0 in 232 lb 4.65 s 1.60 s 2.68 s 4.40 s 7.12 s 33 in 9 ft 9 in 26 rep

Minnesota VikingsEdit

On April 27, 2013, Line signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft.[14] In the Vikings' first preseason game against the Houston Texans, he scored on a 61-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Cassel.[15] In the season opener against the Detroit Lions, he had one reception for eight yards in his NFL debut.[16] He appeared in two other games in the 2013 season.[17] Line was released by the team on September 14, 2014, re-signed to the practice squad shortly after, then was promoted to the active roster on October 3. On September 20, 2015, Line scored the first touchdown of his career against the Detroit Lions.[18] The next week, against the San Diego Chargers, Line scored another touchdown, the second of his career.[19] Line also caught a pass from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and took it 49 yards to set up a score in Minnesota's 28–19 victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 7.[20] Overall, in the 2015 season, he finished with six carries for ten rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns to go along with six receptions for 95 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.[21] In the 2016 season, he finished with seven carries for 15 rushing yards in 15 games.[22]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On August 24, 2017, Line signed with the New Orleans Saints.[23] He was released on September 2, 2017.[24] He was re-signed on October 3, 2017.[25] In 12 games, he finished with seven carries for 28 rushing yards to go along with two receptions for eight yards and a receiving touchdown.[26] The Saints made the playoffs and faced off against the Carolina Panthers in the Wild Card Round. In the 31–26 victory, he had a one-yard rushing touchdown.[27] Line and the Saints' season ended in the Divisional Round in a 29–24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.[28]

On April 5, 2018, Line re-signed with the Saints on a two-year contract.[29] In Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons, Line scored his first touchdown on the season.[30] He finished the 2018 season with nine carries for 41 rushing yards to go along with five receptions for 14 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.[31]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Katzenstein, Josh. "Saints' Zach Line leaned on high school experience to help execute fullback option" (in en-US). NOLA.com. http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2017/10/saints_zach_line_option.html.
  2. "Brothers Zach and Prescott Line follow similar paths to SMU backfield" (in en). SportsDay. September 21, 2012. https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/other-sports/sportsheadlines/2012/09/21/brothers-zach-and-prescott-line-follow-similar-paths-to-smu-backfield.
  3. "Zach Line, New Orleans Saints, Fullback" (in en-US). https://247sports.com/Player/Zach-Line-31658.
  4. "Zach Line". https://sports.yahoo.com/tcu/football/recruiting/player-Zach-Line-74378.
  5. Craig, Mark. "Battered nose is a badge of honor for Vikings fullback Zach Line". Star Tribune. http://www.startribune.com/battered-nose-is-a-badge-of-honor-for-vikings-fullback-zach-line/337767521/.
  6. "Prescott Line Bio". http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/prescott_line_1021116.html.
  7. "Ben Line" (in en). http://www.rmucolonials.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=4664.
  8. "Zach Line College Stats" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/zach-line-1.html.
  9. "Zach Line 2009 Game Log" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/zach-line-1/gamelog/2009/.
  10. "Zach Line 2010 Game Log" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/zach-line-1/gamelog/2010/.
  11. "Zach Line 2011 Game Log" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/zach-line-1/gamelog/2011/.
  12. "Zach Line 2012 Game Log" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/zach-line-1/gamelog/2012/.
  13. http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=83492&draftyear=2013&genpos=FB
  14. "Vikings sign Line". clarkstonnews.com. http://www.clarkstonnews.com/Articles-News-i-2013-05-01-251299.113121-sub-Vikings-sign-Line.html. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  15. "Minnesota Vikings: 2013 - Preseason Week No. 1 - vs. Houston Texans". http://www.vikings.com/schedule/game/2013/preseason1.
  16. "Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions - September 8th, 2013" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201309080det.htm.
  17. "Zach Line 2013 Game Log" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/L/LineZa01/gamelog/2013/.
  18. "Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings - September 20th, 2015" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201509200min.htm.
  19. "San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings - September 27th, 2015" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201509270min.htm.
  20. "Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions - October 25th, 2015" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201510250det.htm.
  21. "Zach Line 2015 Game Log" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/L/LineZa01/gamelog/2015/.
  22. "Zach Line 2016 Game Log" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/L/LineZa01/gamelog/2016/.
  23. "New Orleans Saints Announce Roster Moves". August 24, 2017. http://www.neworleanssaints.com/news-and-events/article-1/New-Orleans-Saints-Announce-Roster-Moves/dcc01b07-8a14-48cf-a3a9-70e4836daeaf.
  24. "New Orleans Saints make 37 roster moves". September 2, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171007170254/http://www.neworleanssaints.com/news-and-events/article-1/New-Orleans-Saints-make-37-roster-moves/772dc16b-7962-4363-b7a8-85db4dd37f90.
  25. Erickson, Joel A. (October 3, 2017). "Saints bring back fullback Zach Line, sign linebacker Gabe Martin". http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/saints/article_0957f7a4-a89e-11e7-8fb3-dff85fcddab2.html.
  26. "Zach Line 2017 Game Log" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/L/LineZa01/gamelog/2017/.
  27. "Wild Card - Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints - January 7th, 2018" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201801070nor.htm.
  28. "Divisional Round - New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings - January 14th, 2018" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201801140min.htm.
  29. Alper, Josh (April 5, 2018). "Saints sign Zach Line to two-year deal". http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/04/05/saints-sign-zach-line-to-two-year-deal/.
  30. "Drew Brees makes the Saints a winner with leaping overtime touchdown run" (in en-US). NOLA.com. https://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/09/saints_falcons_game_story.html.
  31. "Zach Line 2018 Game Log" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/L/LineZa01/gamelog/2018/.

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