Bears 2015 Football Preview: Tight Ends-Special Teams
No. 12 Penguins use strong defensive performance to hold off No. 23 Missouri State
Oklahoma State uses 27 unanswered points to establish insurmountable advantage over Missouri State
Kierra Harris passes for 304 yards, while Zac Hoover snags 6 passes for 156 in 27-0 outcome
Glaser connects with Burton for 71-yard score on game's final play
Will push for time at wide receiver during his third year with the Bears ... Had a 10-yard pass reception in the Maroon and White Spring Game (4/11/15).
2014: Played in 10 games, including 3 starts and tallied 10 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown ... Had season-highs 3 receptions for 41 yards in first appearance of season at Oklahoma State (9/6/14) ... Posted 28 yards on 2 catches against Youngstown State (10/4/14) in first start of year ... Had a 37-yard TD reception -- the first of his career -- at Indiana State (11/1/14) to finish with 41 yards on the day ...Named to MVFC Honor Roll and fall 2014 MSU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll ... Was the star of the 2014 Maroon and White Spring Game (4/26/14) with 156 yards on 6 receptions, including a 49-yard catch.
2013: Saw action in 10 games as a redshirt freshman ... Named MSU Special Teams Player of the Year by coaching staff ... Tied for 5th in the league in fumble recoveries (0.18) ... Finished with 4 receptions for 33 yards, including a pair of catches for 21 yards -- with a long of 15 -- in season opener against Northwestern State (8/29/13) ... Also had receptions in home wins over No. 24 Illinois State (9/28/13) and No. 15 South Dakota State (10/19/13) ... Earned MSU Special Teams Player of the Week honors for wins over South Dakota State (10/19/13) and Western Illinois (10/26/13) and was awarded game ball from coaching staff for win at WIU ... In the spring of 2013, he had 5 receptions for 21 yards in the Maroon and White Game (4/20/13) and 11 catches for 89 yards in two scrimmages.
2012: Redshirted his first season at MSU ... Named MSU Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year ... Earned MSU Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week honors twice -- for games at No. 25 South Dakota State (9/29/12) and at No. 11 Illinois State (10/20/12).
High School: A Missouri Class 4 all-state selection as a senior, Hoover accounted for 26 touchdowns in 2011 for Coach Jimmy Tucker at Grain Valley (Mo.) High ... Pulled in 15 TD receptions in 2011 with 1,600 all-purpose yards and 11 rushing touchdowns ... Named second-team all-state as a senior by the AP and third team by the coaches ... Also claimed all-conference, all-area, all-metro and KMZU Dream Team distinction as a senior ... Posted a 94-yard TD reception as a senior ... Was also all-conference and all-area as a junior and was part of a state playoff team in 2009 ... Finished his career with 108 receptions and 38 touchdowns ... Was an all-state wrestler, finishing third in the Class 2 state tournament as a junior (31-12) and fifth as a senior (41-8) ... Was also sixth in Class 3 in the 110 high hurdles as a junior and 13th in the 300 intermediate hurdles as a senior.
Personal: Zachary Lynn Hoover was born 10/13/93 in Kansas City, Kan. ... Son of Dan and Lynette Hoover of Grain Valley, Mo. ... Has two brothers, Tanner and Bryan, and two sisters, Madelynn and Kaylynn ... Majoring in Sociology.