Rams leaning on 5th-rounder at running back

By R.B. FALLSTROM - AP Sports Writer
    2013-11-06 17:00

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams thought enough of Zac Stacy's pro potential that they traded away their last two draft picks to ensure they landed Vanderbilt's career leading rusher, even if it was the fifth round.

These days, Stacy is playing like a premium pick instead of No. 160 overall for an offense that's ditched high-flying aspirations for grinding out drives. He's been the key to a running game that's finally gotten revved up with consecutive 100-yard games, and is second among rookies with 475 yards rushing and a 4.6-yard average.

The Rams (3-6) think enough of his work that he's one of three players pictured on the cover of this week's game release book.

When Daryl Richardson was sidelined with a foot injury, the 5-foot-8, 216-pound Stacy seized the opportunity.


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