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After receiving no recognition in high school, Diles enrolled at Fresno City College in 2003. He stayed at the junior college and played football in 2003-2004. During these two years, Zach made 130 tackles. As a freshman he totaled 60 stops and 70 stops as a sophomore. In 2004, Diles was named to the All-CVC squad. In 2005, Zach transferred to Kansas State and played in all 11 games finishing fourth on the team with 50 tackles (27 of which were solo). During his first year as a Wildcat, Diles also received the team award for the most improved defensive player. He also had another great season as a senior. In ’06, Zach’s tackles were very impressive, which got him ranked second on the team and eighth in the Big 12 for his 92 tackles. He also got his first career touchdown by returning a fumble for 43 yards. During his college career, Diles got 279 tackles.
Zac Diles was drafted by the Texans in 2007. As a rookie, he played in eleven games, mostly of which were on special teams and towards the end of the season played linebacker position where he saw most of the action and made a few tackles. His second season as a Texan, Zach had a very successful first eight games with 66 tackles, and then put on the Injured Reserve list after he broke his left tibia. During the first eight games he played outside linebacker, scored his first-career interception and first sac of his career. In 2009, Diles started 14 out of the 16 games. He had over 60 tackles in this season as well. In addition, he played middle and outsider linebacker, played on special teams, and forced fumbles on the opponents. Diles is going in strong on his 4th season with the Texans.