San Diego, California - San Diego State senior running back Donnel Pumphrey (Las Vegas) has been named a 2016 midseason All-American by FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman. The honor is Pumphrey’s sixth of the week after earning the same recognition from CBS Sports, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, ESPN and Sporting News.
Through six games, Pumphrey has rushed for 1,111 yards and 11 touchdowns on 167 carries (6.7 avg.), while also leading the team with 18 catches for 131 yards (7.3 avg.). Pumphrey leads the nation in rushing yards (1,111), rushing yards per game (185.17) and all-purpose yards per game (207.00), and is tied for second in rushing touchdowns (11), fourth in rushing yards per carry (6.65, min. 100 att.) and tied for fourth in overall touchdowns (11).
Pumphrey’s 1,111 rushing yards are 169 more than the next player in one less game, while his 185.2 yards per game are more than 72 other FBS teams and would rank 57th in the country as a “team.” He has three games this year with at least 220 yards, including 281 vs. California (second nationally), and 220 at Northern Illinois and Fresno State (14th nationally), while no other player has more than one 220-yard game.
Pumphrey enters Friday’s game with San José State ranked eighth all-time in NCAA FBS history in rushing yards (5,383), tied for 12th in overall touchdowns (61) and tied for 13th in rushing scores (56). Pumphrey has broken four of Marshall Faulk’s SDSU career records this year, including rushing yards (5,383), 100-yard rushing games (27), all-purpose yards (6,387) and attempts (877), and tied another (three, 1,000-yard seasons).
Off to its best start since 1977, San Diego State (5-1, 2-0 MW) welcomes San José State (2-5, 1-2 MW) to Qualcomm Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. PT Friday game.
Friday tickets are still available and can be purchased through GoAztecs.com, over the phone by calling (619) 283-7378, or by visiting Qualcomm Stadium's Window E between 9 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT. The 2016 Hall of Fame class will be inducted at halftime, while a beer festival will take place from 5-7 p.m. PT in Aztec Village (parking lot C1/D1).