Donnel Pumphrey
Running BackRB
San Diego State Aztecs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Donnel Pumphrey in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Breaks FBS rushing record in bowl win
RBSan Diego State
December 18, 2016
Pumphrey picked up 115 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries during San Diego State's 34-10 victory Saturday over Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl. He also added 26 yards on his lone reception.
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Playing in his hometown of Las Vegas, Pumphrey had plenty of family and friends on hand to witness him make history in his final college game. Pumphrey's 15-yard gain on a sweep in the fourth quarter allowed him to establish a new FBS record with 6,405 career rushing yards, surpassing former Wisconsin legend Ron Dayne. While Pumphrey will now turn his attention to the NFL following a storied college career, the Aztecs should still be in good hands in the backfield. Junior Rashaad Penny was outstanding in a backup role behind Pumphrey this season, picking up 1,005 yards on the ground while averaging 7.4 yards per carry.
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Pumphrey is perilously small at a listed 5-9, 170 (155 in 2013), but the speedy RB was highly effective as a true freshman last year, showing elite upside as a running-receiving threat for the Aztecs. He rushed for 752 yards (6.0 YPC) and eight touchdowns while adding 22 catches for 234 yards (10.6 YPC) and two more scores. He did it all despite the presence of starting RB Adam Muema, who ate up 256 carries and 18 catches. Muema is no longer on the team, paving the way for Pumphrey. While Pumphrey probably isn't big enough for a feature-back workload, the rare upside he's shown gives reason to believe he'll post big numbers this year as long as he's healthy.
If not for a frightening lack of size at just 5-9, 170, Pumphrey would be a top-3 RB. Simply remarkable the last two years, Pumphrey posted 1,049 yards and 10 touchdowns from scrimmage as a 155-pound freshman in 2013 before going off for 1,873 yards (6.8 YPC) and 20 touchdowns on the ground alone last year. Pumphrey's size will scare off some fantasy owners, but he should keep rolling this season. All but one of his starting linemen return, and he is too good to be contained by Mountain West defenses.
The active career rushing yardage and touchdowns leader in the FBS, Pumphrey (5-9, 180) has already enjoyed an incredibly successful career at San Diego State, boasting 4,272 yards (6.0 YPC) and 45 TDs on the ground in 40 games, adding 72 receptions for 808 yards and five TDs. He's taken on a gigantic workload for a back who's played most of his career below 180 pounds, but Pumphrey showed no signs of slowing in 2015, running for 1,653 yards (5.3 YPC) and 17 touchdowns in 14 games, adding 27 receptions for 414 yards and three touchdowns.
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Held in check Saturday
RBSan Diego State
November 27, 2016
Pumphrey carried the ball 18 times for 53 yards and a touchdown during Saturday’s loss to Colorado State.
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Eludes the end zone
RBSan Diego State
November 8, 2016
Pumphrey ran for 112 yards on 21 carries against Hawaii on Saturday.
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Breezes past 200 yards
RBSan Diego State
October 31, 2016
Pumphrey ran for 223 yards on 32 carries against Utah State on Friday.
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Strong game yet again Friday
RBSan Diego State
October 22, 2016
Pumphrey ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries against San Jose State on Friday.
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Dominant yet again
RBSan Diego State
October 15, 2016
Pumphrey ran for 220 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries against Fresno State on Friday.
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