Donnel Pumphrey led the nation in rushing yards (2,133), and finished second in rushing yards per game (152.4) and all-purpose yards (2,370). His 152.4 yards per game were more than 37 other FBS teams and would rank 92nd in the country as a "team." Pumphrey, who was one of four players to lead their team in rushing yards and receptions, had a FBS-leading four games last year with at least 220 yards, including 281 vs. California (11th nationally), 223 at Utah State (37th nationally) and 220 at Northern Illinois and at Fresno State (43rd nationally). He had a nine-game streak with at least 100 yards, which was the longest in MW history and second longest in SDSU history (Marshall Faulk, 10). Against Cal and NIU, Pumphrey became the first back in the nation to rush for more than 500 yards in a two-game period since Oklahoma's Samaje Perine did it in 2014.

By The Numbers

Career Stats

Games PlayedAttemptsRushing YardsTouchdownsAverage/Game

What They're Saying

"It's often pointed out that the Heisman is not a lifetime achievement award, but after tonight's (at Utah State) nearly two and a quarter night, we're talking about almost 1,500 yards. Two thousand yards for the season is well within reach. I'm just saying there's a little get together in New York in early-December and you're telling me that there's let's say five people better in the country than this guy? No. Let's get the man to New York." - Scott Van Pelt, ESPN (Full Video)

In The Spotlight

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Pumphrey Named Maxwell Award Player of the Week
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Pumphrey Talking About Record-Setting Game
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Pumphrey Postgame Press Conference vs. Cal

Radio Interviews (The Mighty 1090)

Radio Interviews (The Jim Rome Show)

What They're Saying

"It will take 176 yards a game - right around his average - for Pumphrey to break Dayne's record in the regular season. If San Diego State reaches the conference championship and a bowl game, as expected, he might even get a chance to go prime time. Until then, Pumphrey will continue to chase history in half-empty stadiums, performing on late-night television, the best player you've probably never seen." - David Wharton, LA Times (Full Story)



What They're Saying

"Donnel Pumphrey has been criminally unrecognized during his first three seasons, though that should change very early into the fall." - Paul Myerberg, USA Today (Full Story)

2016 Season Timeline

What They're Saying

"San Diego State's Pumphrey is posting otherworldly numbers every week. For those of us old enough to get my earlier Ms. Pac-Man reference, it's crazy how much he reminds us of another SDSU legend, Marshall Faulk." - Ryan McGee, ESPN (Full Story)

Record Book

1st in FBS career rushing yards (6,405)

1st in SDSU career rushing yards (6,405)

1st in SDSU career all-purpose yards (7,515)

1st in SDSU career overall touchdowns (67)

1st in SDSU career rushing touchdowns (62)

1st in SDSU overall points (402)

1st in SDSU career 100-yard rushing games (33)

1st in SDSU season rushing yards (2,133 in 2016)

1st in MW career rushing yards (6,405)

1st in MW career 100-yard rushing games (33)

5th in FBS all-purpose yards (7,515)

T-8th in FBS career touchdowns (67)

9th in FBS career rushing touchdowns (62)

10th in FBS single-season rushing yards (2,133)




Rk.Name (School)YardsTo Pass
1.Donnel Pumphrey (SDSU)6,405
2.Ron Dayne (Wisconsin)6,397
3.Ricky Williams (Texas)6,279
4.Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh)6,082
5.DeAngelo Williams (Memphis)6,026
6.Charles White (USC)5,598
7.Travis Prentice (Miami (OH))5,596
8.Cedric Benson (Texas)5,540
9.Damion Fletcher (Southern Miss)5,302
10.LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU)5,263
11.Herschel Walker (Georgia)5,259
12.Archie Griffin (Ohio State)5,177
13.Avon Cobourne (West Virginia)5,164
Garrett Wolfe (Northern Illinois)5,164
15.Montee Ball (Wisconsin)5,140
16.LaMichael James (Oregon)5,082
17.Mike Hart (Michigan)5,040
18.Darren Lewis (Texas A&M)5,012
19.Darren Sproles (Kansas State)4,979
20.DonTrell Moore (New Mexico)4,973
Other Notable Names
24.Michael Turner (Northern Illinois)4,941
25.Ray Rice (Rutgers)4,926
26.Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin)4,915
33.Marcus Allen (USC)4,682
40.Thurman Thomas (Oklahoma State)4,595
41.Darren McFadden (Arkansas)4,594
42.Marshall Faulk (SDSU)4,589
54.Eric Dickerson (SMU)4,450
67.Bo Jackson (Auburn)4,303

What They're Saying

"He has a huge heart and he plays the game like a giant. That's all that matters. People tell you all the time what you can't do, and I'm sure he's been told that he can't play running back. He's continuing to defy the odds of doing what people tell you can't do." - Marshall Faulk (Full Story)

Donnel In Action

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