Kentucky held its annual spring game, the Blue/White game, on Saturday, April 21 at Commonwealth Stadium.
- SEC Academic Honor Roll (2012)
Returning starter at left guard ... Turned in a solid performance in his first year in action, as he combined with Darrian Miller to give UK an "All-Lexington" left side of the offensive line ... Contending to regain the starting spot as he missed much of spring practice while recovering from injury.
2012 (Redshirt Freshman): Started all 12 games at left guard ... Helped UK tailbacks average 4.9 yards per carry during the season.
2011 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Projected as the No. 17 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com ... Named to the MaxPreps/U.S. Air Force Small Schools All-America Team ... First-team all-state as a junior and senior by the Louisville Courier-Journal ... Tabbed to the Lexington Herald-Leader "Class of the Commonwealth" listing of the top-22 players in Kentucky ... District Player of the Year ... Four-year starter at Lexington Christian Academy ... Played offensive tackle his first three seasons, then center and guard his senior year ... Played multiple positions in the defensive line ... LCA won the Class A state championship his junior season with a 14-1 record ... Also first-team all-state as a junior by The Associated Press ... Team advanced to the state finals his freshman season ... LCA posted a 46-12 record during his four campaigns ... Played in the Kentucky vs. Tennessee Border Bowl ... Coached by Ray Graham and Paul Rains ... "Zach has a rare combination of tremendous size, strength and athletic ability," Graham said. "He has character, gives his best and is a leader. He's the total package." ... Also competed in the shot put and discus throw for the track and field team ... Two-year regional champion in the shot put, advancing to the state meet ... Earned the distinction of Eagle Scout ... A volunteer at Bluegrass Christian Camp ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Personal: Born in Lexington ... Son of Roger and Ginger West ... Major is political science.
Community Cats: Participated in the Big Blue U Move-In (2011, `12), the God's Pantry project (2012, `13) and volunteered at the UK Athletics Back-to-School picnic (2012).
Zach Says ... My nickname is: Big Boy ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: U.S. Marshal ... My game-day superstition is: I always have to have my clothes folded before I play ... The one thing I like most about football is: you find out you could do more than you ever thought ... My hidden talent is: zombie killing .. Something people might not know about me is: I went on two mission trips to Costa Rica.