Coming back to the field following a medical redshirt season in 2012, Zack will step back into an important role within the Golden Eagle system and a threat as a ball carrier and receiver...returning starter at the inside receiver position...bigger, more powerful back at his position...can run over defenders...great speed and strength...has used his time well in the weight room and increased his strength as a Golden Eagle...excellent receiver...solid player who knows the game and the Tech system well...could be a contender for post-season award consideration.
AT TECH (In 2012): Figured to be one of the most valuable members of the offense in 2012, but an injury early in the season took him out of action for a redshirt year...got onto the field for the first two games, but sustained an injury early in the contest at Oregon that ended the season...caught two passes for 43 yards against Hampton in the season opener, taking the ball into the end zone both times...long was a 34-yard scoring romp...grabbed two more passes for 15 yards in win over North Greenville...had one catch for four yards at Oregona...finished the season with five receptions for 62 yards and two touchdowns.
(In 2011): Zach won Tech's Unsung Hero Award following the 2011 championship season...ranked second on the team in receiving with 37 catches for 375 yards and three touchdowns...had 33 carries for 110 yards and another touchdown...finished the year with 85 all-purpose yards...top running game came at an all-important time against Austin Peay in the Golden Eagles' Nov. 19 title game when he ran for 29 yards on six carries...stats show his top receiving game to be a 79-yard effort on eight catches against Tennessee State, but his most memorable catch was the game-winning touchdown in a come-from-behind effort against UT Martin on Oct. 1, when he totaled 80 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns...the game against TSU gave him his only 100-yard all-purpose game, as he tallied 102 yards...was also credited with two tackles, both unassisted, one at Iowa in the season opener and the second at UT Martin.
(In 2010): An important piece in Tech's offensive system, Zach played in all 11 games and started eight contests...lined up at the inside receiver position and proved to be effective as both a ball carrier and pass receiver...had 26 carries for 74 yards and one touchdown...caught 16 passes for 174 yards and two more touchdowns...piled up 284 all-purpose yards...caught five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in the final game of the season, Tech's come-from-behind victory over Jacksonville State...for the second straight year, his top game was against the Gamecocks with 87 all-purpose yards...had a huge 19-yard touchdown catch in the road win at Tennessee State, powering his way into the end zone...rushing touchdown came on a 17-yard run at Austin Peay...Tech won all three games in which Zack scroed touchdowns. (In 2009): Zack played in eight games and was a contributor to the Golden Eagle offense in a variety of ways...fifth on the team in rushing, carrying the ball 17 times for 71 yards and one touchdown.. also handled nine passes for 128 yards...best performance came at Jacksonville State with 100 all-purpose yards...rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and caught three passes for 32 yards...also returned a kick for 17 yards.
HIGH SCHOOL: A Class 3A first-team All-State selection as a senior by the Tennnessee Sportswriters Association, Zack was named all-region in both 2007 as a junior and 2008 as a senior...also voted All-Robertson County both years...as a senior, he won the team’s Most Versatile Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards, and also won the Robertson County Player of the Year...named to the U.S. Army preseason All-Academic team, he was a Murphy Fair Mid-State Player of the Week... named Robertson County Player of the Week 13 times throughout his career, piling up 2,100 rushing yards and 452 receiving yards...scored 32 touchdowns...on defense he had 132 total tackles and seven interceptions...during his senior season, he had 202 carries for 1,277 yards and caught 19 passes for 284 yards...crossed the goal line 16 times, and also made 38 tackles while on defense...also lettered three times on the track & field team.
PERSONAL: The son of Kelly and Regina Ziegler...birthdate is April 29, 1991...full name is Zachary Emanual Zeigler...majoring in business management...spent a week on the Tech campus in June, 2008, as an American Legion Boys' State participant.