Donnel Pumphrey
Donnel  Pumphrey


Las Vegas, Nev.

High School:
Canyon Springs High

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 180

Running Back



McGrane: Aztecs' Baron Gets Kick out of Notoriety

McGrane: Baron gets kick out of notoriety


Pumphrey to Sign Autographs Wednesday Night at Viejas Arena

Pumphrey to sign autographs at MBB game


Four Aztecs Invited to NFL Combine

Four Aztecs invited to NFL Combine


Donnel Pumphrey Helps the South Win the Senior Bowl

Pumphrey's South team wins Senior Bowl


SDSU’s Calvin Munson Helps Lead West Team to Victory at East-West Shrine Bowl

Munson leads West to Shrine Bowl win


San Diego State 34, Houston 10

The Pumphrey-led Aztecs defeat Houston to win the 2016 Las Vegas Bowl, on December 17, 2016.


2016 MWC Football Championship Game - SDSU vs. Wyoming

Dc. 3, 20016


Wyoming 34, San Diego State 33

Photos from No. 24 San Diego State @ Wyoming on November 19, 2016.


San Diego State vs. NIU

Photos from San Diego State @ NIU on September 17, 2016.


SDSU vs. Cincinnati

SDSU vs. Cincinnati December 24, 2015


  • Two-time Hon. Mention Sports Illustrated All-American (2014-15)
  • 2015 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year
  • Two-time First-Team All-Mountain West (2014-15)
  • MW Offensive Player of the Week
    - Nov. 2, 2015 for game at CSU
    - Oct. 12, 2015 for game at Hawai`i
    - Oct. 13, 2014 for game at UNM
    - Sept. 29, 2014 for game vs. UNLV
  • Two-time SDSU Most Valuable Player (2014-15)
  • Two-time SDSU Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year (2014-15)
  • 2013 SDSU Outstanding Freshman Award

    An All-America and Mountain West Player-of-the-Year candidate once again ... Shifty, speedy back who is one of the top athletes on the entire West Coast ... Can go outside and inside, and is a dangerous threat to break free for the long run ... Has great hands ... Is not afraid of contact ... Can also return punts and kicks if needed ... Saw plenty of playing time in the backfield as a true freshman in 2013, and has been the starter in each of the last 27 games ... SDSU is 21-7 over his career when he scores at least one rushing touchdown and 18-4 when he reaches 100 rushing yards ... Has 22 career 100-yard rushing games, which ranks second all-time at San Diego State and in Mountain West history, in just 40 career games ... Has 12 career games with multiple rushing touchdowns and 14 overall with multiple scores ... Has 4,272 yards over his career, which is the second most in school history, trailing only Marshall Faulk (4,589 from 1991-93), and second in Mountain West history, trailing only New Mexico's DonTrell Moore (4,973 from 2002-05) ... Also is second all-time at SDSU in overall touchdowns (50), rushing touchdowns (45) and all-purpose yards (5,145) ... Among active FBS players, Pumphrey leads the country in rushing yards (4,272) and all-purpose yards (5,145).

    SENIOR SEASON (2016)
    Has already racked up numerous preseason accolades, including being named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year by ESPN College Football 2016 and Lindy's Sports ... Also has been named a first-team all-MW pick by ESPN College Football 2016, Sporting News, Lindy's Sports and Athlon Sports ... Has also picked up many superlatives, including the "Sixth-Best "Fantasy Football" Running Back," the "Eighth-Best Running Back in FBS," "No. 2 on the MW's Top-10 NFL Talent" and a "SDSU Player to Watch" by Lindy's Sports ... CBS Sports called him the "Ninth-Most Irreplaceable College Football Player in 2016" ... Was deemed the "No. 13 on College Football's Pre-Spring Top-75 RB List" and a "Group of 5 Player to Know" by Athlon Sports ... Other accolades include the "MW's Top NFL Prospect" by Sporting News, "No. 1 on Five-Best MW Pro Prospects" and "SDSU's Best Offensive Player" by Campus Insiders, and a "Top-25 MW Player to Watch" by the Orlando Sentinel.

    JUNIOR SEASON (2015)
    Was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-league pick by the league's coaches and media ... He was the first Aztec to be named a league offensive player of the year since George Jones in 1995 as a member of the Pacific Division of the WAC and the fourth offensive honoree in program history ... Also was awarded the team's John Simcox Memorial Trophy as the 2015 team MVP for the second straight year, joining Kirk Morrison (2003-04), Marshall Faulk (1992-93), Todd Santos (1986-87) and Gary Garrison (1964-65) as the only repeat winners in program history ... Also won the Byron H. Chase Memorial Offensive Player-of-the-Year award for a second straight year ... Was named an honorable-mention Sports Illustrated All-American ... Also was picked as a first-team all-MW selection by Phil Steele Magazine ... Racked up numerous preseason awards, headlined by being named to the Maxwell Award Watch List (player of the year) and the Doak Walker Award Watch List (top running back) ... Also was on the CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy Watch List (top player) ... Was chosen as a preseason all-MW performer by the Mountain West media, USA Today, Phil Steele, Sporting News, Athlon Sports, Lindy's Sports and ESPN College Football Preview ... Was also Lindy's Mountain West Most Valuable Player and ESPN's Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year ... Campus Insiders named him the "No. 6 Running Back in FBS," while Lindy's Sports had him at No. 9 ... Has been deemed by Sports Illustrated as "Five Players Who Deserve Attention" ... Was listed as the "No. 2 NFL Talent in the Mountain West" by Lindy's Sports and the "No. 1 Running Back in the Mountain West" by Athlon Sports ... Was the "Most Likely to Have 1,500 Yards Rushing," according to USA Today ... Was listed as the "Biggest Overachiever" by Sporting News and a "SDSU Player to Watch" by Lindy's Sports ... Was named the MW Offensive Player of the Week twice on the season ... Led the Aztecs with 1,653 rushing yards on 309 attempts (5.3 avg.) and 17 rushing touchdowns ... Also had a team-high 28 catches for 416 yards (second on team) (14.9 avg.) and three receiving scores (second on team), and led SDSU with 2,069 all-purpose yards ... Was one of only four players in FBS to lead his team in rushing yards and catches ... Had eight straight games with a 100-plus yards from Oct. 3-Nov. 28, which is the longest streak in MW history and tied for the second-longest streak in school history ... Had his streak of five straight games with at least 100 rushing yards snapped in the opener vs. San Diego after rushing 19 times for 62 yards (3.3 avg.) with a touchdown ... Also caught two passes out of the backfield for 14 yards (7.0 avg.) ... Rushed for 85 yards on 21 attempts (4.0 avg.) at California in his 15th consecutive start ... Also caught two passes for 23 yards (11.5 avg.) ... Broke 100-plus rushing yards for the first time of the season with 102 yards on 28 carries (3.6 avg.) against South Alabama ... Also had a team-high five catches for a team-best 55 yards (11.0 avg.) ... The five receptions matched a career high ... Rushed 18 times for 56 yards (3.1 avg.) and a touchdown at Penn State ... Added a team-high five catches, matching a career high, for 53 yards (10.6 avg.) ... Rushed 23 times for 124 yards (5.4 avg.) and a 33-yard touchdown vs. Fresno State before exiting midway through the third quarter with an injury ... Became the fourth Aztec in school history to rush for at least 3,000 yards over his career in the game ... The 33-yard rush was his longest of the season at that point ... Was named the MW Offensive Player of the Week for the third time of his career for his play at Hawai`i ... Rushed a career-high 30 times for 148 yards (4.9 avg.), including three touchdowns, and two catches for 49 yards ... Had multiple touchdowns for the first time this year ... Also had a career-long 36-yard reception, which came on 3rd and 6 and led to his final touchdown of the night ... Scored his first two touchdowns in just 5:50 of action ... Had another huge game at San José State, rushing 20 times for 152 yards (7.6 avg.), including a touchdown, and three catches for 55 yards and another score ... Had four more rushing yards (152) than San José State had total yards (148) ... Moved past Ronnie Hillman (2010-11) into third place on the school's all-time rushing list ... The receiving touchdown was his first since Oct. 10, 2013 at Air Force and third of his career ... Now has 491 rushing yards (163.7 avg.) and five rushing touchdowns on 51 carries (9.6 avg.) over his career against San José State ... Rushed 23 times for 181 yards (7.9 avg.) and two touchdowns against Utah State ... Had his second 150-yard game of the season and seventh of his career (T-4th all-time at SDSU) ... The two rushing touchdowns moved him past Ronnie Hillman (2010-11) and Larry Ned (1998-01) into second all-time in program history ... Included in the 181 yards was a 62-yard touchdown run ... Was named the MW Offensive Player of the Week for the second time of the season at Colorado State, rushing 20 times for 121 yards (6.1 avg.) and two touchdowns, while adding two catches for 47 yards (23.5 avg.) and another score ... Broke 1,000 yards for the season during the game, making him one of five players in school history with multiple 1,000-yard campaigns ... Scored a rushing touchdown for the seventh straight game, the longest streak of his career ... Had multiple overall touchdowns for the fourth straight game ... Had a season-long 64-yard rush ... Rushed 29 times for 140 yards (4.8 avg.), while adding three catches for 29 yards (9.7 avg.) against Wyoming ... Broke 100 yards rushing for the sixth straight game ... Had a long rush of 28 yards ... Rushed 14 times for 139 yards (9.9 avg.) and two touchdowns at UNLV ... Broke 100 yards rushing for the seventh straight game ... Now has 393 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 49 attempts (8.0 avg.) against UNLV in three games ... Rushed 23 times for 154 yards (6.7 avg.) and two touchdowns against Nevada ... Broke 100 yards rushing for the eighth straight game, ninth time this season and 22nd time of his career ... Broke 4,000 rushing yards for his career with a season-long 72-yard run in the second quarter ... Became one of just two Aztecs (Marshall Faulk, 4,589) and one of two players in Mountain West history (New Mexico's DonTrell Moore, 4,973) with at least 4,000 rushing yards ... Scored his 15th and 16th rushing touchdowns of the season It was 12th career game with multiple rushing touchdowns and 14th overall with multiple scores ... Rushed 16 times for 90 yards (5.6 avg.) in the MW Championship game against Air Force, while adding two catches for 64 yards (32.0 avg.) and a touchdown ... Set career highs in receiving yards (64) and long reception (40) ... The receiving touchdown was his third of the year and fifth of his career ... Rushed 25 times for 99 yards (4.0 avg.) vs. Cincinnati in the Hawai`i Bowl, while adding a 19-yard reception and throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass ... Scored his 17th rushing touchdown of the season (45th of career) and 20th overall touchdown on the year (50th of career) ... The touchdown pass was the first of his career ... San Diego State improved to 21-7 over his career when he records at least one rushing touchdown.

    Was named a Sports Illustrated Honorable-Mention All-American ... Was also a first-team all-Mountain West pick by the league's media and coaches ... Additionally was named the team's Most Valuable Player and was chosen as the Offensive Player of the Year at the team banquet ... Was on the Doak Walker Award Watch List, which goes out to the top running back in the country ... Was named to the Mountain West midseason first team by Phil Steele ... Also was selected to the preseason all-Mountain West team by the MW media, as well as a first-team pick by Athlon Sports and a second-team selection by Lindy's Sports ... Also was deemed SDSU's Most Valuable Player and a player to watch by Lindy's Sports ... Started all 13 of the team's games ... Rushed for a school-record 1,867 yards on 276 attempts (6.8 avg.) with 20 touchdowns ... Became the 15th Aztec to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (20th occasion overall), the 13th in their DI era (18th occasion overall) and sixth sophomore in school history ... Reached 1,000 yards on the year in his eighth game, which was tied for the fifth-fewest games played to reach 1,000 yards in school history ... Also had 23 catches for 160 yards (7.0 avg.) ... Had a school single-season record 10, 100-yard rushing games on the year with the other three games going for 89, 94 and 85 ... Also ranked fourth in single-season history in rushing touchdowns (20) and tied for fifth in overall scores (20) ... Ranked fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game (143.62), eighth in all-purpose yards per game (155.92), ninth in rushing touchdowns (20), 10th in rushing yards per carry (6.76) and tied for 17th in points per game (9.23 (11th among non-kickers) ... Had a solid debut vs. Northern Arizona in his second career start, rushing for a game-high 111 yards and two touchdowns on 19 attempts (5.8 avg.) ... It was the fourth 100-yard rushing game of his career and the 14th by an Aztec in a season opener in program history ... Also added a team-long and career-long 31-yard catch ... Rushed for an even 100 yards on 17 carries (5.9 avg.) with two touchdowns at No. 21/23 North Carolina ... Also led the team with a career-high five receptions for 18 yards ... It was his second straight 100-yard rushing game ... Rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries (5.2 avg.) at Oregon State in a third straight start ... The 89 yards put him over 1,000 for his career in his 16th career game, despite only starting four times ... Also had two receptions for 14 yards ... Had a big game against UNLV, rushing 22 times and posting career-high four touchdowns and 167 yards, averaging 7.6 yards per carry ... He had 107 yards and all four of his touchdowns in the first half as SDSU raced out to a 28-10 lead ... The four rushing touchdowns (and four overall scores) were the most by an Aztec player since Adam Muema had four at Wyoming on Nov. 24, 2012, tied for the fifth most in a game in school history, tied for the fifth most in a game in Mountain West history and tied for the eighth most in a game in FBS play all season ... Also had two catches (for (-3) yards) ... Was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts and also a CFPA Honorable Mention Running Back Performer of the Week ... Rushed for 94 yards on 24 attempts (3.9 avg.) at Fresno State and did not make a catch for the first time on the season ... Had a huge game at New Mexico, rushing for 246 yards and two touchdowns on 20 attempts, averaging 12.3 yards per carry ... The 246 yards rank as the 14th most in program history ... He became the 19th player in school history with a 200-yard rushing game (40th time overall) ... Had a 93-yard rushing touchdown, which is tied for the third-longest rushing play in program history, tied for the second longest in its Division I era (since 1969) and was third longest in the nation in 2014 ... Also added a 7-yard reception ... Was named the MW Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks for his performance, along with honorable mention accolades as a CFPA Running Back Performer of the Week ... Rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown on 25 attempts, averaging 7.3 yards per carry, vs. Hawai`i ... Rushed for 85 yards on 13 attempts, averaging 6.5 yards per carry, at Nevada ... Broke 1,000 yards in his eighth game, which is tied for the fifth-fewest games played to reach 1,000 yards in school history ... Also added a 3-yard reception ... Rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 26 attempts against Idaho, averaging 5.5 yards per attempt ... Also had a 3-yard reception ... Rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 24 attempts at Boise State, posting a 6.1 average per carry ... It was his sixth career game with multiple rushing touchdowns ... Also added three catches for 35 yards ... Had 131 yards rushing vs. Air Force with a touchdown on a career-high 27 attempts (4.9 avg.) ... Also had one catch for 14 yards ... Rushed for 261 yards and three touchdowns on 21 attempts, averaging 12.4 yards per carry, vs. San José State ... The 261 yards were the eighth most in SDSU single-game history and the 17th most in FBS play in 2015 ... His career-high effort surpassed his 246 yards gained at New Mexico (Oct. 10) ... Finished his season with 112 yards on 21 attempts (5.3 avg.) and a touchdown against Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl ... Also had a team-high four catches for 42 yards, including a long of six yards.

    Was named to the College Football News all-Freshman Team as an honorable-mention pick ... Was picked as a midseason third-team all-MW selection by Phil Steele ... Played in all 13 games with one start as a true freshman ... Was second on the team with 752 rushing yards on 125 carries (6.0 avg) ... Ranked 12th in the nation among freshmen with 57.8 yards per game ... Also had eight rushing touchdowns and 10 overall touchdowns, both of which ranked second on the team ... The eight rushing touchdowns were the sixth most among freshmen in the country ... Was the first Aztec freshman with 100 or more yards in three straight games since Marshall Faulk in 1991 when he did it against New Mexico State (Sept. 28), Nevada (Oct. 4) and Air Force (Oct. 10) ... Had 22 catches for 234 yards (10.6 avg.) and two touchdowns and returned four kickoffs for 63 yards (15.8 avg.) ... The 752 rushing yards were the sixth-most ever among Aztec freshmen ... Was one of only two freshmen in the nation (and 19 players overall) with at least 750 rushing yards and 230 receiving yards ... Of his 151 touches, 32 (21.2 percent) resulted in a gain of at least 10 yards, while 10 (6.7 percent) ended with a touchdown ... Played in the opener as a true freshman vs. Eastern Illinois ... Was all over the field, rushing for 25 yards on seven carries (3.6 avg.), catching three passes for 17 yards (5.7 avg.) and returning three kickoffs for 43 yards ... Carried three times for 18 yards (6.0 avg.) at No. 3/2 Ohio State with a 14-yarder and added an 18-yard reception ... Also returned a kickoff for 20 yards ... Had three catches out of the backfield for 53 yards and his first career touchdown against Oregon State ... Also carried four times for 10 yards ... Had a breakout game at New Mexico State, rushing for a career-high 167 yards on 19 attempts (8.8 avg.) and three touchdowns ... He became the 73rd different Aztec with a 100-yard rushing game ... The 167 yards were the 11th most in a game nationally by a freshman and the most by an Aztec freshman since Ronnie Hillman had 228 yards in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl ... His three rushing touchdowns were also tied for the fifth most in the country by a freshman ... Also set a career high with 19 attempts and added a career-long 43-yard run ... Was named a CFPA honorable mention running back performer of the week for his efforts ... Posted his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game vs. Nevada with 11 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown ... He became the first Aztec freshman to rush for more than 100 yards in consecutive games since Ronnie Hillman did it in the final two contests of 2010 ... Also had a career-long 72-yard run ... Had 117 yards and a touchdown on 17 attempts (6.9 avg.) at Air Force, including the game-winning 10-yard touchdown on a 3rd and goal from the 10 with 1:39 left in the fourth quarter ... He became the first Aztec freshman with 100 or more yards in three straight games since Marshall Faulk in 1991 and the first Aztec with three straight 100-yard rushing games since Ronnie Hillman in 2011 ... Also had two catches for 43 yards and a touchdown, including a career-long tying 23-yard grab ... Carried 12 times for 37 yards against No. 15/18 Fresno State and also had one reception for 18 yards ... Rushed five times for 14 yards in the win vs. New Mexico State ... Also had a 9-yard catch ... Had a good all-around game off the bench at San José State, rushing 10 times for 78 yards (7.8 avg.) with a touchdown and adding an 18-yard reception ... Ran 10 times for 61 yards and a touchdown at Hawai'i and caught two passes for 21 yards ... Ran 12 times for a hard 24 yards vs. Boise State ... Also had a career-high four catches for 29 yards ... Attempted his first pass, which was incomplete to Colin Lockett ... Earned his first career start at UNLV in his hometown, posting team highs of 13 attempts and 87 yards (6.7 avg.) with one touchdown ... Also made three catches for 10 yards ...Carried twice off the bench for two yards vs. Buffalo at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

    Speedy running back for Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas, Nev. ... Was named the Gatorade Nevada Player of the Year in 2012 after rushing for 1,491 yards on 160 carries (9.3 avg.) and 19 touchdowns ... A first-team all-state pick in 2012 and a second-team selection in 2011 by the Las Vegas Review-Journal ... A two-time Sunrise Region MVP ... Also was named the Northeast League's Most Valuable Offensive Player ... Ran for 347 yards and five touchdowns on just 10 carries in a win over Foothill ... Ran for 4,152 yards and 49 touchdowns on 494 attempts (8.40 avg.) over his career at Canyon Springs High School ... Also had 29 receptions for 524 yards (27.6 avg.) and five touchdowns and two kickoff returns for a touchdown ... A three-star recruit by and ESPN, and a two-star recruit by and ... Earned a grade of 78 by 247Sports and a scout grade of 72 by ESPN ... As an all-purpose back, was ranked fourth in Nevada by Rivals and 48th by 247Sports ... As a running back, is listed as No. 121 by ESPN (No. 5 in Nevada) and No. 146 by Scout ... Was also a member of the track & field team, where he was state runner-up in the 100 and 200 meters as a junior.

    Donnel Laray Pumphrey was born Dec. 6, 1994, in North Las Vegas, Nev. ... Son of Donnel Pumphrey, Sr. and Regina Padua ... Also took an official visit to UNLV and received offers from Colorado, Duke, Nevada and Utah ... Also received recruiting interest from Arizona, Boise State, Oklahoma, Oregon, San José State and Utah State ... Is majoring in communication.

    Carries: 30 at Hawai`i (10/10/15)
    Rushing Yards: 261 vs. San José State (11/29/14)
    Rushing Touchdowns: 4 vs. UNLV (9/27/14)
    Long Rush: 93 at New Mexico (10/10/14)
    Receptions: 5 at Penn State (9/26/15), vs. South Alabama (9/19/15), at North Carolina (9/6/14)
    Receiving Yards: 64 vs. Air Force (12/5/15)
    Receiving Touchdowns: 1, five times
    Long Reception: 40 vs. Air Force (12/5/15)
    Kickoff Returns: 3 vs. Eastern Illinois (8/31/13)
    Kickoff Return Yards: 43 vs. Eastern Illinois (8/31/13)
    Longest Kickoff Return: 28 vs. Eastern Illinois (8/31/13)
    Overall Touchdowns: 4 vs. UNLV (9/27/14)
    Pass Attempts: 1, four times
    Completions: 1 vs. Cincinnati (12/24/15)
    Passing Yards: 16 vs. Cincinnati (12/24/15)
    Passing Touchdowns: 1 vs. Cincinnati (12/24/15)
    Long Pass: 16 vs. Cincinnati (12/24/15).

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