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Donnel Pumphrey


Las Vegas, Nev.

High School:
Canyon Springs High

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 180

Running Back


Donnel  Pumphrey


Football Ranked 19th in Lindy’s Sports Preseason Poll

SDSU Football ranked 19th by Lindy's Sports


Five Aztecs Named Preseason MW by Sporting News

Five Aztecs named preseason MW by Sporting News


Arthur Flores Named to Rimington Spring Watch List

FB: Flores named to Rimington Spring Watch List


McGrane: Juwan Washington now has Room to Roam

McGrane: Juwan Washington now has room to roam


McGrane: Aztecs Knock Down Doors on Recruiting Trail

McGrane: Aztecs knocking down doors in recruiting


SDSU vs. Cincinnati

SDSU vs. Cincinnati December 24, 2015


Aztecs Win Mountain West Championship

San Diego State defeated Air Force, 27-24, to win the Mountain West title.


San Diego State 31, Nevada 14

The Aztecs defeat Nevada, on November 29, 2015.


San Diego State 38, Wyoming 3

The Aztecs defeat Wyoming, on November 14, 2015.


San Diego State vs. Colorado State

The Aztecs traveled to Fort Collins, CO to take on the Rams on Saturday.

An All-America and Mountain West Playerof- the-Year candidate after setting a singleseason school record with 1,867 rushing yards last year ... 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 was the starter in all 13 games last year ... SDSU is 12-5 over his career when he scores at least one rushing touchdown and 10-3 when he reaches 100 rushing yards ... Has 13 career 100-yard rushing games, which ranks in a tie for fifth all-time at San Diego State, in just 26 career games ... Has seven career games with multiple rushing touchdowns and eight overall with multiple scores ... Has 2,619 yards over his career, which is tied for the seventh most in school history ... Also is ranked sixth all-time at SDSU in overall touchdowns (30) and tied for sixth in rushing scores (28) ... Has a 100- yard rushing game in five straight contests heading into the 2015 season, which is the fourth-longest streak in school history.

2015: Has already racked up numerous preseason awards, including first-team all-Mountain West accolades by Phil Steele, Sporting News, Athlon Sports, Lindy's Sports, and ESPN College Football Preview ... Also was named the Mountain West Most Valuable Player by Lindy's and the MW Offensive Player of the Year by ESPN ... Lindy's Sports deemed him the "No. 9 Running Back in FBS," the "No. 2 NFL Talent in the Mountain West" and an "SDSU Player to Watch" ... Was chosen as the "No. 1 Running Back in the Mountain West" by Athlon Sports and the league's "Biggest Overachiever" by Sporting News.

2014: Was named a Sports Illustrated Honorable Mention All-American ... Was also a firstteam 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 firstteam pick by Athlon Sports and a secondteam 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 fifthfewest games played to reach 1,000 yards in school history ... Also had 23 catches for 160 yards (7.0 avg.) ... Had a school singleseason 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.

2013: 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 ... vs. Eastern Illinois (Aug. 31) ... 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 ... The seven rushing attempts were the second most on the team (excluding quarterback Adam Dingwell, where his sacks were counted as rushing attempts) ... at No. 3/2 Ohio State (Sept. 7) ... Carried three times for 18 yards (6.0 avg.) at Ohio State with a 14-yarder and added an 18-yard reception ... Also returned a kickoff for 20 yards ... vs. Oregon State (Sept. 21) ... 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 ... at New Mexico State (Sept. 28) ... 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 ... vs. Nevada (Oct. 4) ... 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 ... at Air Force (Oct. 10) ... 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 ... vs. No. 15/18 Fresno State (Oct. 26) ... Carried 12 times for 37 yards against Fresno State and also had one reception for 18 yards ... vs. New Mexico (Nov. 2) ... Rushed five times for 14 yards in the win vs. New Mexico State ... Also had a 9-yard catch ... at San José State (Nov. 9) ... 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 ... at Hawai'i (Nov. 16) ... Ran 10 times for 61 yards and a touchdown at Hawai'i and caught two passes for 21 yards ... vs. Boise State (Nov. 23) ... 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 ... at UNLV (Nov. 30) ... 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 ... vs. Buffalo (Dec. 21, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) ... Carried twice off the bench for two yards vs. Buffalo at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

High School: 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.

Personal: 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.