Vanderbilt senior running back Zac Stacy has been named to the Maxwell Award preseason award watch-list.
The Maxwell Award is given to the nation’s top offensive player. He is one of 65 players nominated and the first Commodore since quarterback Jay Cutler in 2005.
Stacy was the Southeastern Conference’s top returning rusher in 2011 and set single-season school records with 1,193 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns.
The 5-foot-9, 210-pounder from Centreville, Ala., has rushed for 2,002 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns in his career. He needs 631 yards to pass the career mark of 2,632 rushing yards set by Frank Mordica in 1979. Seven more rushing touchdowns will be enough to top Dean Davidson’s mark of 26 touchdowns from 1947-50.
Stacy will join fellow seniors, quarterback Jordan Rodgers and cornerback Trey Wilson, along with head coach James Franklin at SEC Media Days, July 17 at Birmingham, Ala.
The Commodores open the 2012 season at home on Thursday, Aug. 30, against South Carolina.