The Commodore faithful, of course, don't need to be told this. Stacy dropped to the fifth round of the NFL draft in part because of the low value put on running backs in the league today, but also because the scouts gave him the dreaded combination of too small and too slow. What they failed to pick up on was the heart Stacy has, the intangibles that allow him to be on the field on every down (even at the pro level), and the dedication he has to his craft.
Even the Rams spent the first part of this season overlooking the former 'Dore. In the first four games of the year he had one carry as St. Louis used a combination of Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead to little effect. Since then though Stacy has broken out, with his 24 carries for 134 yard effort against Seattle hinting that there is so much more yet to come. The interesting part of this is that Stacy is getting his yards to exact same way in the NFL as he did in Nashville.
Take this stat of example; according to the boys over at Pro Football Focus a massive 213 of his 348 rushing yards, or 60 percent, have come after contact. Stacy averages almost three yards after contact per run, good enough for second in the league, and he has 15 broken tackles in just 76 rushing attempts. This is where the loss of Stacy most hurts Vanderbilt. The trio of running backs this year have been adequate, but there is not the fear factor or level of play which Stacy had created by the end of his Vanderbilt career. If Stacy needed five yards on a run, he would find a way to get it. He is a wizard at shifting his balance and contorting his body through holes and he has the power to always fall forward. The backs on the Vandy roster right now just cannot do it as effectively right now, and it is hurting the offense badly.
With no one else from the rookie class breaking out at the half way mark of the season it is not impossible to come up with a scenario where Stacy ends up with the offense Rookie of the Year award. Not bad for a kid from little ole Vandy.