Aztecs in the NFL: Week Six
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Football-Boise State postgame notes
Aztecs in the NFL: Week Five
No. 19/21 Football-UNLV postgame notes
The Pumphrey-led Aztecs defeat Houston to win the 2016 Las Vegas Bowl, on December 17, 2016.
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Photos from No. 24 San Diego State @ Wyoming on November 19, 2016.
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SDSU vs. Cincinnati December 24, 2015
Donnel Pumphrey Final Bio
Donnel Pumphrey Career Stats
- Sept. 12, 2016 for game vs. California
- Sept. 19, 2016 for game at NIU
- Sept. 12, 2016 for game vs. California
- 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
Was a Heisman and All-America candidate ... Shifty, speedy back who was 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 started each of the final 40 games from 2014-16 (41 total) ... Finished his career ranked first all-time in NCAA FBS history in rushing yards (6,405) ... Also was fifth in all-purpose yards (7,515), tied for eighth in overall touchdowns (67) and ninth in rushing touchdowns (62) ... Was the only player in NCAA FBS history with at least 5,000 rushing yards (or 6,000 yards) and 1,000 receiving yards ... Broke numerous SDSU school records, passing Marshall Faulk last year in rushing yards (6,405), all-purpose yards (7,515), 100-yard rushing games (33), overall touchdowns (67), rushing touchdowns (62), overall points (402) and rushing attempts (1,059) ... Also tied Faulk in 200-yard rushing games (6) and was second in 150-yard rushing games (14) ... Finished as the all-time MW leader in rushing yards, all-purpose yards, rushing touchdowns, overall touchdowns and 100-yard games ... Had 16 career games with multiple rushing touchdowns and 18 overall with multiple scores ... Joined Faulk with the most 1,000-yard seasons (three) in school history ... SDSU was 29-9 over his career when he scored at least one rushing touchdown and 28-5 when he reached 100 rushing yards ... Played in all 54 games from 2013-16, tied with Daniel Brunskill and Nico Siragusa for the most games in school history.
SENIOR SEASON (2016)
Racked up numerous preseason accolades, including being named to the Walter Camp Watch List (collegiate player of the year), Maxwell Award Watch List (collegite player of the year), the Doak Award Watch List (top running back) and the CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy Award Watch List ... Tied for 10th in the voting for the Heisman Trophy with Florida State running back Dalvin Cook ... Was a Doak Walker Award finalist, and a Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player-of-the-Year Award semifinalist ... Also was a first-team All-American by Walter Camp and Sports Illustrated, and a second-team All-American by Associated Press, AFCA USA Today and The Sporting News ... Also was a midseason All-American by USA Today, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Sporting News, CBS Sports and Fox Sports ... Was named the MW Offensive Player of the Year for a second straight season, becoming the first running back to accomplish the feat and the fourth player overall, joining Derek Carr (2012-13 at Fresno State), Andy Dalton (2009-10 at TCU) and Bradlee Van Pelt (2002-03 at Colorado State) ... Also became the first offensive player in MW history with three first-team honors (2014-16) and the third player overall (also Leon McFadden (2010-12) and Kirk Morrison (2002-04)) ... Racked up three awards at the team's postseason banquet, including the John Simcox Memorial Trophy (team MVP) for a third straight season, the Byron H. Chase Memorial (team offensive MVP) for a third consecutive year and the team's Dr. R. Hardy/C.E. Peterson Memorial Trophy (team captain award) ... Was also named the preseason Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year by the league's media, ESPN College Football 2016 and Lindy's Sports ... Also was named a preseason first-team all-MW pick by the MW media, Phil Steele's 2016 College Football Preview, ESPN College Football 2016, Sporting News, Lindy's Sports, Athlon Sports and USA Today's Paul Myerberg ... Myerberg also named him a "Heisman Trophy Candidate" as well as a "Doak Award Candidate" ... 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 ... Also was named the "12th-Best Draft-Eligible Running Back" by Phil Steele ... Rushed 349 times for 2,133 yards (6.1 avg.) and 17 touchdowns on the season, while adding a team-high-tying 27 catches for 231 yards (8.6 avg.) ... The 2,133 yards were the 10th most in NCAA FBS single-season history ... Led the nation in rushing yards (2,133), and finished second in rushing yards per game (152.4) and all-purpose yards (2,370) ... Also was tied for 11th in rushing touchdowns (17) and tied for 20th in overall touchdowns (17) ... His 152.4 yards per game were more than 37 other FBS teams and would have ranked 92nd in the country as a "team" ... Was one of only four players in NCAA FBS play this year to lead his team in rushing yards and receptions ... Has a school-record 2,133 rushing yards, passing his previous record of 1,869 set in 2014 ... 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) ... Had a nine-game streak with at least 100 rushing yards, the longest in MW history and the second longest in SDSU history (Marshall Faulk, 10), snapped at Wyoming ... 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 ... His rush averages by quarter last year - 1st - 5.1, 2nd - 6.4, 3rd - 6.2 and 4th - 7.8 - and by half - 1st - 5.6 and 2nd - 6.7 ... His rush averages by down - 1st - 5.4, 2nd - 6.9 and 3rd - 8.2 ... Rushed 21 times for 98 yards (4.7 avg.), while adding four catches for 41 yards, in the opener vs. New Hampshire ... Moved from 74th in NCAA history to 64th, passing the likes of Bo Jackson (4,303), finishing the game at 4,370 career rushing yards ... Had a career game vs. California en route to being named the MW Offensive Player of the Week for the fifth time of his career and the Maxwell Award Player of the Week for the first time ... Had a career-high 281 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries (9.7 avg.) on his way to breaking Marshall Faulk's SDSU career rushing record ... The 281 rushing yards were the fifth most in a game in program history, the 11th most in the country in all of 2016 and the most by a current "Group of 5" player vs. a current "Power 5" team since East Carolina's Scott Harley had 361 yards vs. North Carolina State on Nov. 30, 1996 ... It was his 23rd career 100-yard rushing game, which tied Faulk for the most in program history, and third career 200-yard game ... His yards by quarter: 49 in the first, 38 in the second, 114 in the third and 80 in the fourth ... Also added a team-high-tying four catches for 29 yards ... Rushed 23 times for 220 yards and three touchdowns at Northern Illinois, his second straight 200-yard game ... Broke Marshall Faulk's (5,595) career all-purpose record ... Broke 100 yards rushing for the 24th time of his career, passing Faulk for the most in program history ... Moved from 39th in NCAA history to 29th with 4,871 career rushing yards, passing the likes of Marcus Allen (4,810) and Thurman Thomas (4,847), among others ... Broke 200 yards rushing for the fourth time of his career ... The 501 rushing yards on 52 carries (9.63 avg.) and six touchdowns over the two-game span was the first time a player had 500 yards in a two-game span since Oklahoma's Samaje Perine totaled 578 from Nov. 22-Dec. 6, 2014 ... Additionally, he became just the third player in MW history with back-to-back 200-yard rushing games and one of two with 500-plus yards in a two-game span ... Now has six career games with at least three rushing touchdowns (SDSU is 6-0 in those games) ... Rushed 25 times for 151 yards (6.0 avg.) and a touchdown at South Alabama, while adding two catches or seven yards ... Broke 100 yards rushing for the 25th time of his career ... Became the MW's all-time rushing leader, passing New Mexico's DonTrell Moore's 4,973 ... Also became the 19th player in NCAA history to eclipse 5,000 career rushing yards ... Moved from 29th in NCAA history to 17th with 5,022 career rushing yards, passing the likes of Melvin Gordon (4,915), Ray Rice (4,926), Michael Turner (4,941), DonTrell Moore (4,973) and Daren Sproles (4,979), among others ... Rushed 31 times for 141 yards (4.5 avg.) and one touchdown against UNLV, while adding a career-high seven catches for 57 yards, which was seven yards short of matching his career best ... Broke 100 yards rushing for the 26th time of his career ... Moved from 17th in NCAA history (using the official NCAA record books) to 14th with 5,163 rushing yards, passing the likes LaMichael James (5,082) and Montee Ball (5,140), among others ... Finished his career with 535 rushing yards and eight touchdowns against UNLV on 80 carries (6.7 avg.) in four meetings ... Rushed a career-high 38 times for 220 yards (5.8 avg.) and two touchdowns at Fresno State ... Moved from 14th in NCAA history (using the official NCAA record books) to eighth with 5,383 rushing yards, passing the likes of Archie Griffin (5,177), Herschel Walker (5,259) and LaDainian Tomlinson (5,263) ... Broke 100 yards rushing for the fifth straight game and 27th time of his career to move into sole possession of first place in Mountain West history ... Broke 150 yards for the 12th time of his career and fourth time this year in six games ... Broke 200 yards for the fifth time of his career and third time this season in six games ... Broke 1,000 yards for the season in just the sixth game, tying Marshall Faulk in 1992 for the fastest to reach 1,000 yards in a season by an Aztec ... The 38 carries were the most by an Aztec since Lynell Hamilton rushed 40 times vs. Wyoming in 2003 ... Rushed 24 times for 135 yards (5.6 avg.) and two touchdowns, while adding two catches for 14 yards against San José State ... Broke 100 yards rushing for the sixth straight game and 28th time of his career ... Recorded a rushing touchdown for an eighth straight game (14 total over that span) and scored an overall touchdown for the 11th consecutive game (19 total) ... Scored his 12th and 13th rushing touchdowns of the season and had 58 for his career, which passed Marshall Faulk for the school record ... Also scored his 12th and 13th overall touchdowns this year and had 63 for his career, which passed Marshall Faulk for the Aztec record ... Finished his career with 626 rushing yards (156.5 RYPG) and seven rushing touchdowns (eight overall scores) on 75 carries (8.3 avg.) against San José State ... Rushed 32 times for 223 yards (7.0 avg.) at Utah State without playing the fourth quarter ... Moved from eighth on the NCAA FBS all-time rushing list to fifth (5,741), passing Cedric Benson (5,540), Travis Prentice (5,596) and Charles White (5,598) ... Moved into 10th place on the SDSU single-season rush list with 1,469 yards for the year ... Broke 100 yards rushing for the seventh straight game (fourth-longest streak in SDSU history) and 29th time of his career, the active FBS leader ... Broke 150 yards for the fifth time on the year and 13th time of his career (passing Ronnie Hillman for second most at SDSU) ... Broke 200 yards for the fourth time of the season (tied with Marshall Faulk for most in SDSU single-season history) and sixth time of his career (second in school history, one behind Faulk) ... Recorded his fourth game of the year with at least 220 yards (no other player in FBS this year had more than one through the first nine weeks) ... In two career games against Utah State, he now has rushed for 404 yards and two touchdowns on 55 carries (7.3 avg.) ... Rushed 21 times for 112 yards (5.3 avg.) vs. Hawai'i without playing in the fourth quarter for the third consecutive game ... Broke 100 yards rushing for the eighth straight game (tied for the second-longest streak in SDSU history) and 30th time of his career ... Rushed 26 times for 198 yards (7.6 avg.) and one touchdown at Nevada ... Passed DeAngelo Williams into fourth place on the NCAA FBS all-time rushing list with 6,051 yards ... Broke 100 yards rushing for the ninth straight game (his longest streak and the second longest streak in SDSU history) and 31st time of his career, the active FBS leader ... Scored his 14th rushing touchdown of the season and 59th of his career, tying with Colin Kaepernick and Eric Crouch for ninth all-time in NCAA FBS history ... Rushed 17 times for 76 yards (4.5 avg.) and added five catches for 52 yards (10.4 avg.) at Wyoming ... Passed Tony Dorsett into third place on the NCAA FBS all-time rushing list with 6,127 yards ... Moved to second on the school's single-season rushing list, 12 yards shy of his own school record (set in 2014) ... Became the first player in NCAA FBS history with at least 5,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards ... Rushed 18 times for 53 yards and a touchdown, and added an 8-yard reception vs. Colorado State, not playing in the fourth quarter ... Broke his own SDSU single-season rushing record (1,867 set in 2014) ... The rushing touchdown was his 15th of the season and 60th of his career, passing Eric Crouch and Colin Kaepernick into ninth place on the all-time NCAA FBS list ... Passed Ricky Williams into eighth place in NCAA FBS history with 7,264 all-purpose yards ... Rushed 25 times for 117 yards and a touchdown at Wyoming in the MW Championship game ... Passed Ricky Williams into second place on the all-time NCAA FBS rushing list with 6,290 yards ... Became the 22nd player in NCAA FBS single-season history to record 2,000 rushing yards (now has 2,018) ... Recorded his 10th 100-yard rushing game of the season and 32nd of his career ... The 10 100-yard games tied his own record (set in 2014), while his 32 career 100-yards games extends his SDSU record ... Became the school's single-season leader in all-purpose yards with 2,229 yards ... Passed Tavon Austin into seventh place in NCAA FBS history with 7,374 yards ... The overall touchdown was the 66th of career, passing DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma) and Anthony Thompson (Indiana) for ninth on the all-time NCAA FBS list ... Rushed 19 times for 115 yards and one touchdown, while adding a 26-yard catch against Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl en route to being named the game's most valuable player ... Passed Wisconsin's Ron Dayne (6,397 yards) as the all-time NCAA FBS leader and finished his career with 6,405 ... Recorded his 11th 100-yard rushing game of the season and 33nd of his career ... The 11 100-yard games broke his own school record (10 set in 2014), while his 33 career 100-yard games extended his SDSU record ... The rushing touchdown was his 17th of the season and 62nd of his career ... Also finished with 17 overall touchdowns and 67 for his career, tying Cedric Benson (Texas) for ninth on the all-time NCAA FBS list ... Passed T.Y. Hilton (Florida International) for fifth place in NCAA FBS history with 7,515 all-purpose yards ... Finished 10th in NCAA FBS single-season history with 2,133 rushing yards.
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.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014)
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.
FRESHMAN (TRUE) SEASON (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 ... 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 Rivals.com and ESPN, and a two-star recruit by Scout.com and 247Sports.com ... 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: 38 at Fresno State (10/15/16)
Rushing Yards: 281 vs. California (9/10/16)
Rushing Touchdowns: 4 vs. UNLV (9/27/14)
Long Rush: 93 at New Mexico (10/10/14)
Receptions: 7 vs. UNLV (10/8/16)
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, five 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)