Penny named MW Special Teams PotW
Football tops Nevada, 42-23
Penny leads Football to 42-23 win vs. Nevada
Penny named Walter Camp Offensive PotW
Rashaad Penny's historic night
Football hosts Nevada
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The Pumphrey-led Aztecs defeat Houston to win the 2016 Las Vegas Bowl, on December 17, 2016.
Rashaad Penny Career Stats
- Sept. 12, 2016 for game vs. California
- Sept. 28, 2015 for game at Penn State
Speedy back, who has turned into one of the top kick returners in the country ... Logged more carries last year and will be expected to carry the load this season with the NCAA's all-time leading rusher Donnel Pumphrey graduating to play with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles ... Among active career kick returners in FBS, is ranked first in kick return touchdowns (5) and second in kick return average (30.1, min. 24 att.) ... His five career kick return touchdowns are the most in program history ... Three of his five kick return touchdowns have gone for 100 yards (has only happened three other times in school history) ... Also ranks second all-time at SDSU in kick return yards (1,928) and tied for third in kick returns (64) ... Is ranked 21st in school history with 1,408 rushing yards, needing just 24 to make the top 20 ... Has 20 touchdowns (14 rushing, three receiving and three kick return) over the last 18 games heading into the 2017 season.
JUNIOR SEASON (2016)
Was named the MW Special Teams Player of the Year for a second straight season and also was a first-team all-MW pick ... Was the second kick returner in conference history to win the special teams player-of-the-year award twice (also Jeremy Kerley, 2009-10 at TCU) and the third player overall (also Louie Sakoda, 2006-08 at Utah) ... Was named the team's most valuable special teams player for a second straight season ... Was on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List, which goes out to the most versatile player ... Also was a preseason second-team All-American as a kick returner by both CBS Sports and Athlon Sports ... Was chosen as the preseason Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year by the league's media ... Also was a first-team all-Mountain West selection by the MW media, Phil Steele's 2016 College Football Preview, ESPN College Football 2016, Athlon Sports and Lindy's Sports ... Also deemed a "SDSU Player to Watch" by Lindy's Sports ... Rushed for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns on 136 attempts (7.5 avg.), while adding 15 catches for 224 yards (14.9 avg.) and three touchdowns ... The 1,018 yards ranked as the 21st most in SDSU single-season history ... Also returned 20 kickoffs for 624 yards (31.2 avg.) and two additional scores ... Was one of only nine players in the country with at least 11 rushing touchdowns and three receiving scores, and the only with a kick return TD as well (he had two) ... Had a touchdown in nine straight games, registering 11 total touchdowns over that span (six rushing, three receiving and two kick return), until he failed to score at Fresno State ... Ranked fourth in the nation (No. 1 in MW) in kick return average (31.2), despite being kicked away from most of the year as the defending MW Special Teams Player of the Year and preseason MW Special Teams Player of the Year ... Was also ranked first in the MW (No. 2 nationally) in kick return touchdowns (2), fifth in total touchdowns (26th nationally, 16), sixth in all-purpose yards per game (29th nationally, 133.29), and ninth in rushing yards per game (72.72) and rushing touchdowns (57th nationally, 11) ... Only 14 running backs had more receiving touchdowns than his three ... Carried nine times off the bench for 33 yards (3.7 avg.) with a 1-yard touchdown in the opener vs. New Hampshire ... Was named the MW Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 12 for his play against California ... Scored SDSU's first two touchdowns in the first quarter on a 25-yard pass from Christian Chapman and a 100-yard kick return ... The kick return touchdown was the fourth of his career, which passed Colin Lockett (2010-13) for the most in school history ... It was also the third 100-yard kick return of his career and sixth in program history ... Added eight rushes for 28 yards (3.5 avg.) ... Rushed 14 times for 65 yards, while adding two catches for 37 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown reception at Northern Illinois ... Rushed nine times for 62 yards and a touchdown at South Alabama ... Also returned three kicks for 58 yards (19.3 avg.) with a long of 26 yards ... Had another big game against UNLV, rushing 14 times for a 110 yards and a touchdown, and adding two catches for 50 yards and a touchdown ... The rushing yards, rushing touchdown, receptions, receiving yards and receiving TD were all personal bests ... Recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game (75th player in school history) ... Scored a touchdown for the ninth straight game, which gave him 11 touchdowns over that span, including six rushing, three receiving and two kick return ... Rushed 15 times for 49 yards (3.3 avg.) at Fresno State and added a 5-yard catch ... Also returned two kicks for 41 yards (20.5 avg.) with a long of 25 yards ... Had his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown snapped at nine ... Rushed nine times for 105 yards (11.7 avg.) and a career-high three touchdowns, while adding two catches (tied career high) for a career-best 64 yards against San José State ... It was his second career 100-yard game and second in three contests ... Highlighting the 105-yard game was a career-long 73-yarder ... Rushed five times for 16 yards (3.2 avg.) and caught a pass for no gain in limited action at Utah State ... Had a 56-yard kick return, but slightly injured his ankle on the play and saw little action the rest of the way ... The 56-yard return, however, moved him past Monty Gilbreath (1,505) into second place on the school's all-time list ... Rushed eight times for 108 yards and a touchdown against Hawai'i ... Logged his third career 100-yard rushing game ... His 73-yard touchdown tied a career-long rush ... Rushed 10 times for a career-high 208 yards and two touchdowns at Nevada ... Became the 20th player in school history with a 200-yard rushing game ... The 20.8 rushing average was the highest by an FBS running back in a game since at least 1996 (min. 10 attempts) ... Logged his fourth career 100-yard rushing game, all of which happened over his last six games ... Rushed five times for 79 yards (15.8 avg.) and had two kick returns for 94 yards, including a 93-yard return for a touchdown at Wyoming in his first start of the season (fifth overall) ... Had his second kick return for a touchdown this season and extended his school record with the fifth of his career ... Totaled 395 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries (17.2 avg.) over his last three games, and 516 yards and six touchdowns on 37 carries (13.9 avg.) over his last five contests ... Carried four times for 15 yards (3.8 avg.) against Colorado State, while returning a career-high seven kicks for 113 yards (16.1 avg.) ... Had a huge game at Wyoming in the MW Championship game, rushing 16 times for 117 yards (7.3 avg.) and two touchdowns, while adding two receptions for 13 yards and two kick returns for 113 yards, compiling a game-high 243 all-purpose yards ... Was named the game's most valuable offensive player for his efforts ... It was his 10th and 11th rushing touchdowns of the year (14th and 15th of his career) and 15th and 17th overall scores this season (23rd and 24th of career) ... Rushed 10 times for 23 yards, while adding a 4-yard catch vs. Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl ... Also returned two kicks for 29 yards (24.5 avg.) ... Became the 17th Aztec to record a 1,000-yard season (24th occasion overall) ... Finished the season with 1,018 yards, which ranks 21st in SDSU single-season history.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015)
Was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year by the league's head coaches and media, and a first-team all-league pick as a kick returner ... Was the first Aztec to be named a league special teams player of the year in program history ... Also was named a fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele Magazine ... Was chosen as the Most Valuable Special Teams Player at the season-ending team banquet ... Was named a fourth-team preseason all-Mountain West selection as a kick returner by both Phil Steele and Athlon Sports ... Ranked third on the team with 1,292 all-purpose yards in 14 games (92.3 avg.) ... Was most impressive in the kick return game, where he returned 24 kicks for 804 yards (33.5 avg.) with three touchdowns (97, 100 and 100 yards) ... Was second in FBS in kick return average (33.5) and tied for second in kick return touchdowns (3) ... His three kick return touchdowns set a school single-season record ... His 804 kick return yards were the second most in Aztec single-season history (Monty Gilbreath, 880 in 1987) ... Also rushed 61 times for 368 yards (6.0 avg.) and four touchdowns, and had eight catches for 120 yards (15.0 avg.) and another score ... Added five tackles on special teams ... His three tackles on punt returns tied for second on the team ... Had a fantastic season debut vs. San Diego, taking the opening kickoff of the second half 97 yards for a touchdown ... It was the first kick return touchdown by an Aztec since Lockett on Nov. 3, 2012 at Boise State ... Was one of nine players in FBS with at least one kick return for a touchdown over the first week of play ... The 97-yard kick return was the fifth longest in FBS play during the opening week and tied for the eighth longest in SDSU history ... Also led the team with 39 receiving yards on two catches (19.5 avg.) and added a 6-yard carry ... Had another solid outing at California, leading the Aztecs once again with 130 all-purpose yards ... Returned three kickoffs for 93 yards (31.0 avg.), rushed five times for 34 yards (6.8 avg.) and caught one pass for three yards ... Returned two kicks for 34 yards (17.0 avg.), including a long of 25 against South Alabama ... Did not attempt a rush or catch a pass in the game ... Had a career game at Penn State, being named the MW Special Teams Player of the Week ... Returned two kicks for a career-high 137 yards (68.5 avg.), including a 100-yard touchdown (fourth 100-yard kick return touchdown in Aztec history) that tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter ... It was just the fifth kick return for a San Diego State player in a road game since 1996 and first since Nov. 3, 2012 with Lockett's 100-yarder at Boise State ... Also added a 55-yard rush, the longest of his career and first 50-plus yard run against the Nittany Lions since Nov. 23, 2013, and two solo tackles on special teams ... Finished the game with a career-best 192 all-purpose yards on just three touches (64.0 avg.) ... Had another good game vs. Fresno State, making two catches for a team-high 48 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown, adding a 17-yard rush and returning a kick back 18 yards ... The receiving touchdown was the first of his career ... Also set career highs in receiving yards (48), receptions (2, tied) and long reception (33) ... Returned two kicks for 34 yards at Hawai`i ... Also added a special teams tackle ... Had a 33-yard kick return at San José State, and rushed five times for 11 yards (2.2 avg.) ... Had a good game vs. Utah State, rushing a career-high 10 times for 38 yards and his first career touchdown ... Also returned a kick 22 yards ... Earned the start for the first time of his career at Colorado State ... Finished with 135 all-purpose yards (second most in the game) with 81 yards on three kick returns (27.0 avg.) and a long of 41 yards, and 54 rushing yards on nine attempts (6.0 avg.) ... Had a 6-yard rush against Wyoming in a second straight start ... Also returned two kicks for 50 yards (25.0 avg.) with a long of 28 yards ... Rushed for a career-high 81 yards and a touchdown on a career-best 18 attempts (4.5 avg.) off the bench at UNLV ... Also added a 2-yard reception ... Rushed six times for 21 yards and a touchdown in his third career start vs. Nevada ... Also caught two passes for 28 yards (14.0 avg.) and returned a kick for 18 yards ... The 18-yard return appeared to be returned 90 yards for a touchdown but a holding penalty kept it at just as a 18-yard return ... Had another good game in a start against Air Force with a 28-yard rushing touchdown and 87 kick returns yards on four returns (21.8 avg.) ... It was his fourth rushing touchdown this season (and of his career) ... Started out the Hawai`i Bowl with a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown against Cincinnati ... The kickoff return for a touchdown was his school-record third of the season and third of his career (tied with Colin Lockett for first all-time at SDSU) ... He became the first player to take an opening kickoff back for a touchdown in a bowl since Boise State's Doug Martin in the 2011 Las Vegas Bowl ... It was his eighth overall touchdown of the season (and career) (also four rushing and one receiving) ... Also carried three times for 17 yards (5.7 avg.).
FRESHMAN (TRUE) SEASON (2014)
Played in all 13 games as the team's main kick returner ... Returned 20 kicks for 500 yards (25.0 avg.) with a long of 57 yards ... The 25.0 average ranked second in the Mountain West and 29th in the nation ... Also had two rushes for 22 yards, including a long of 21 yards ... Was one of three true freshmen to see action in the opener vs. Northern Arizona ... Did not record a stat as both kickoffs were pooched ... Returned his first career kickoff at No. 21/23 North Carolina, taking it back 11 yards ... Had a 19-yard kick return at Oregon State ... Had a 15-yard kick return in the MW opener vs. UNLV ... Had the best kick return game of his career at Fresno State, returning a career-high three kicks for a career-best 67 yards (career-high 22.3 avg.) ... Included in the three returns was a career long of 33 yards ... Was back to return kicks once again at New Mexico, but did not have the chance to return any ... Started as the team's kick returner vs. Hawai`i, but did not return any kicks ... Had arguably his best outing of the year at Nevada, when he returned a career-high four kicks for a career-best 110 yards, including a career-long 45-yarder ... Also had his first career carry for 21 yards ... Finished with a game-high 131 all-purpose yards ... Returned one kickoff for 41 yards against Idaho ... Returned three kicks for 69 yards (23.0 avg.) at Boise State with a long of 36 yards ... Also carried once for a 1-yard gain ... Returned two kickoffs for 49 yards (24.5 avg.) against Air Force with a long of 28 yards ... Had a 12-yard kick return vs. San José State ... Had a solid outing vs. Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl, returning three kicks for 107 yards (35.7 avg.) ... Began the game with a 33-yard return, then added a career-long 57-yarder on his next return ... Later returned a kickoff 17 yards in the fourth quarter.
A three-time letterwinner at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, Calif. ... Rushed for 2,504 yards and 41 touchdowns on 216 carries as a senior ... Also caught 21 passes for 665 yards and 10 touchdowns ... Racked up 3,416 all-purpose yards ... Rushed for 1,872 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior and 747 yards and nine scores as a sophomore ... Over his career, amassed 5,124 rushing yards on 496 carries (10.33 avg.) ... Scored 103 touchdowns, including 80 on the ground ... Made 68 tackles on defense as a senior and 90 overall ... Was named the Suburban League MVP as a senior, while earning first-team all-Suburban League honors his final three years ... Named first-team all-state ... Received three stars from Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247sports.com ... Scout ranked him as the 42nd-best running back in the 2014 class, while 247sports had him 63rd ... Earned a grade of 84 by 247sports and a scout grade of 73 by ESPN.
Rashaad Armein Penny was born Feb. 2, 1996, in Norwalk, Calif. ... Son of Robert and Desiree Taplin ... Picked SDSU over offers from Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, San José State and Utah State ... Also drew interest from Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah and Washington, among others ... Is majoring in interdisciplinary studies.
Carries: 18 at UNLV (11/21/15)
Rushing Yards: 208 at Nevada (11/12/16)
Rushing Touchdowns: 3 vs. San José State (10/21/16)
Long Rush: 73 vs. Hawai'i (11/5/16), vs. San José State (10/21/16)
Receptions: 2, eight times
Receiving Yards: 64 vs. San José State (10/21/16)
Receiving Touchdowns: 1, four times
Long Reception: 41 vs. UNLV (10/8/16)
Kick Returns: 7 vs. Colorado State (11/26/16)
Kick Return Yards: 137 at Penn State (9/26/15)
Kick Return Touchdowns: 1, five times
Long Kick Return: 100 vs. California (9/10/16), vs. Cincinnati (12/24/15), at Penn State (9/26/15)
Tackles: 2 at Penn State (9/26/15)