Zenner among MVFC’s top running backs all-time


In 2019, The Missouri Valley Football Conference is recognizing some of its all-time greats in accordance with the league’s 35th anniversary and college football’s 150th anniversary.

Following a month-long on-line voting campaign, the conference is revealing its five best players at 10 different positions.

Running back (honorees are listed alphabetically):

Shakir Bell

Indiana State, 2010-13

Runner-up finisher in the Walter Payton Award voting in 2011 and two-time All-American holds the league single-game rushing mark (349 yards vs. Drake in 2012). Had 4,214 career rushing yards.

Marshaun Coprich

Illinois State, 2012-15

Third in the Walter Payton Award voting in 2015. Ranks second in MVFC history with 5,195 career rushing yards and 59 career rushing touchdowns. Helped the Redbirds to the 2014 FCS title game. Holds the league’s single-season rushing record with 2,274 yards in 2015.

Herb Donaldson

Western Illinois, 2005-08

Ranks third in MVFC history with 4,746 career rushing yards. Scored 50 rushing TDs and twice eclipsed 300 yards in a game (328 vs. Indiana State in 2006 and 314 vs. Missouri State in 2007).

David Johnson

Northern Iowa, 2010-14

Ranks fifth in MVFC history with 4,650 career rushing yards and second with 64 total touchdowns. Highest drafted RB in league history (third round by the Arizona Cardinals in 2015).

Zach Zenner

South Dakota State, 2011-14

Holds the league’s all-time records with 69 total touchdowns, 6,548 rushing yards, 8,211 all-purpose yards, 416 points, 61 rushing touchdowns and 1,095 rushing attempts.

Eclipsed 100 yards in a game 33 times, also a league record.  Twice ran for a school-record 295 yards, adding games of 278 and 252.

Is the only player in Division I history with three 2,000-yard rushing seasons. Went for 2,044 in 13 games in 2012 (second in MVFC history), 2,019 in 2014 (third) and 2,015 in 2013 (fourth).

Had a 99-yard run at Kansas in 2012.

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