Writing a new Line

SMU running back Zach Line's stat line was a good one on Saturday night. Just a sophomore, could Line be becoming a star running back in the run & shoot?

Dallas – A career high two rushing touchdowns. A career high 122 rushing yards. A career best 28-yard run. A career high 16 carries. A career best 147 all-purpose yards.

SMU running back Zach Line's stat line was a good one on Saturday night. Just a sophomore, could Line be becoming a star running back in the run & shoot?

This summer Line told PonyStampede.com that it would be fun to just get a few more carries this season. Two games into the years, it appears Line is going to be a bigger part of the offense than any of us thought. For the first time since SMU head coach June Jones has been at SMU, the running backs got more carries than passing attempts last night.

"It wasn't the game plan," said Line after the game.

"I wasn't expecting it tonight," said Jones. "But, I could tell after Zach's first carry, that he had some confidence from the Texas Tech game last week. The offensive line did a nice job in the run game."

Considered the "blocking back" in Jones' scheme, Line has made the most of his 28 touches through two games. He has already rushed for 194 yards, surpassing his total last season when he saw 49 carries.

"As a running back, it's nice to get some carries, but at the same time my job is to block. That way we can accomplish Coach Jones philosophy," said Line after Saturday night's win. "As long as we get a "W" I don't care what we do on offense or how I'm used."

Line slimmed down this summer, in the process picking up speed. He bulked up before coming to SMU, thinking he would play linebacker at the Hilltop.

I think everything worked out just fine.

Josh Harvey started with Scout.com/Foxsports in 2008 and covers recruiting for SMU, Iowa, and Texas. You can also see his work on the Big 12 at FoxCollegeSports.com.
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