Football-Boise State postgame notes
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San Diego State Football vs. New Mexico
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SDSU vs. Eastern Illinois
2012: Named a second-team all-Mountain West pick ... Rushed for 1,458 yards, the eighth-most ever by an Aztec in a single season and third-highest ever by a SDSU sophomore (trailing only Ronnie Hillman's 1,711 yards in 2011 and Marshall Faulk's 1,630 in 1992) ... Among all FBS players in 2012, Hillman ranked 16th in the country in rushing yards and third among sophomores ... His 16 rushing touchdowns tied Jim Allison (1964) for seventh place on the school's all-time chart and were tied for the 15th-highest total nationally ... Ended the season with 17 touchdowns (16 rushing and one receiving), the eighth-highest single-season total in school history... That figure ranked 22nd nationally and second in the conference ... His 6.15 yards per rush ranked seventh nationally among all players who rushed for at least 1,400 yards in 2012 ... Posted the highest per-carry average to lead the team in rushing yards since 1992, when Marshall Faulk averaged an identical 6.15 yards per carry in his sophomore season ... One of 10 players to start all 13 games in 2013, and one of only four sophomores (Zack Dilley, Jake Fely and Sam Meredith) ... Led the team in every rushing statistic as well as scoring and all-purpose yardage ... Ended the campaign with nine receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown ... Ended 2012 with a career-high streak of five consecutive games with a reception ... Had a rushing touchdown in eight straight games before failing to get in the end zone at Nevada ... Earned the start at running back in the opener at Washington and carried 11 times for 32 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter ... Started the next game vs. Army and rushed 15 times for 98 yards and a touchdown, averaging 6.5 yards per carry ... Ran 13 times for 124 yards and a touchdown vs. North Dakota ... Broke the 100-yard mark for the first time of the year ... Had a then career-high 202 rushing yards on a then career-high 25 carries vs. San Jose State ... Became the 18th Aztec in program history to rush for 200 or more yards (36th time overall) ... Also scored on a career-long 83-yard touchdown run ... That was the 10th-longest TD run in program history and the eighth-longest ever against San Jose State ... Ran 13 times for 64 yards at Fresno State ... Scored two touchdowns in the game, his second career game with multiple touchdowns (also Boise State in 2011 (Nov. 19), when he had three (two rushing, one receiving)) ... Carried 20 times for 77 yards and a TD vs. Hawai'i ... Also added a 31-yard receiving score ... Had 105 rushing yards on 14 attempts and two touchdowns, his third 100-yard game of the season ... Also had a 32-yard reception ... Ran 13 times for 47 yards at Nevada ... Had another 100-yard rushing game with 143 yards on 21 attempts (6.8 avg.) against UNLV, including a long of 48 yards ... Broke 100 yards with 127 on 25 attempts and a touchdown at Boise State ... Had 81 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries vs. Air Force ... Was named the MW Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 26 after rushing for a career-high 255 rushing yards, the ninth most in a game in program history and most since Larry Ned had 285 in 2001, and four rushing touchdowns at Wyoming ... He became the ninth player in school history with at least two, 200-yard rushing games ... The four rushing scores were tied for the fifth most in a game in program history... Rushed for a game-high 103 yards on a career-high tying 26 carries against BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl ... Also caught a 34-yard pass, SDSU's longest play from scrimmage in the game.
2011: Carried 42 times for 253 yards, averaging 6.0 yards per carry, in six games ... Scored three touchdowns on the ground and one via the air ... Appeared five times as a reserve and once as a starter ... Had his first four career carries for 37 yards vs. New Mexico, including a 23-yard run ... Came in at Colorado State after injuries forced starter Ronnie Hillman and backup Walter Kazee out of the game, running 11 times for 45 yards ... Also caught a 2-yard pass against the Rams ... Made his first career start against Boise State and had three overall touchdowns ... Rushed 13 times for 119 yards and two scores against the Broncos, including an 81-yard score, and added a 1-yard TD reception ... Had nine rushes for 35 yards at UNLV ... Carried twice for 8 yards against Fresno State ... Carried three times for 9 yards, including a 5-yard TD score vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl.
2010: Did not play in any games and utilized his redshirt campaign.
High School: Finished his senior season with 1,936 rushing yards on 269 carries (7.2 avg.) and 23 touchdowns at Charter Oak High School ... Helped the Chargers compile a 13-1 record during his senior campaign ... Earned offensive MVP and all-Miramonte League honors for his effort ... 2009 Player of the Year by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune ... His junior season was just as good as his team went 13-0-1, and he had 230 rushes for 1,922 yards (8.4 avg.) and 29 touchdowns ... Charter Oak won its conference title all four seasons and CIF twice ... The Chargers were 36-3-2 in his three years and were 26-1-1 with him as the starting running back ... His prep career totals included 4,552 yards rushing, 61 touchdowns and 7.83 yards per carry average over three seasons ... A three-star recruit with 40-inch vertical leap by Rivals.com ... Earned a Scouts, Inc. grade of 69 ... Also participated in track.
Personal: Born June 20, 1992, in Pasadena, Calif ... Son of Trina Powell ... Chose San Diego State over the likes of Colorado, Fresno State, Nevada, Utah, UTEP, Washington and Washington State ... Is an exercise and nutritional sciences major.
Career highs: Carries: 26 vs. Brigham Young (PB) (12/20/12), 26 at Wyoming (11/24/12); Rushing Yards: 255 at Wyoming (11/24/12); Rushing TDs: 4 at Wyoming (11/24/12); Long Rush: 83 vs. San Jose State (9/22/12); Receptions: 2 at Wyoming (11/24/12), at Colorado State (11/12/11); Receiving Yards: vs. Brigham Young (PB) (12/20/12); Receiving TDs: 1 vs. Hawai'i (10/6/12), vs. Boise State (11/19/11); Long Reception: 34 vs. Brigham Young (PB) (12/20/12).