Dec. 5, 2012
IRVING, Texas (C-USA/SMU) - SMU senior running back Zach Line has been named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year as selected by the league's 12 head football coaches, the conference office announced today.
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, 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.
SMU faces Fresno State in the 2012 Sheraton Hawai`I Bowl on Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24) at 7 p.m. CST/3 p.m. HST. The game will be telecast by ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.