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Rushel Shell | Running Back

Team: West Virginia Mountaineers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/7/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215

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West Virginia redshirt senior RB Rushel Shell is sitting out Saturday's scrimmage with a concussion.
Shell has recently been held out of practice. When asked about his absences, HC Dana Holgorsen said, "He's been concussed." So there's that. This is one to keep an eye on, simply because return times on concussions can vary wildly. Last season, the 6-foot, 215-pound Shell rushed for 708 yards (4.4 YPC) and eight touchdowns. Aug 13 - 2:35 PM

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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that it "wouldn't be a shock" if West Virginia redshirt junior RB Rushel Shell "emerged as the best running back in the Big 12 conference this year."

"Shell is patient and does a great job resetting his eyes on the move, using balance and an extra gear at the second level to run away from linebackers. He will again share the carries in 2015, but it wouldn't be a shock if he emerged as the best running back in the Big 12 conference this year," Brugler wrote. The former Pittsburgh transfer was the leading rusher for the Mountaineers with 176 carries for 788 yards and seven touchdowns, and also added in 21 receptions for 140 yards in 2014. Shell and the running game could be the focal point in 2015, with new starters at quarterback and wide receiver for West Virginia.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 02:43:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt sophomore RB Rushel Shell rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in the school's 37-24 win over Iowa State.

Shell, a Pittsburgh transfer, has produced an up and down season in the school's pass focused offense. We absolutely expect Shell to return next season.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 04:26:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt sophomore RB Rushel Shell rushed 24 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday' 37-34 win over Texas Tech.

After failing to crack the century mark in West Virginia's first four games, Shell has now hopped over 100 yards in each of the school's past two contests. The 6-foot, 215-pound Shell, who began his career at Pittsburgh, has rushed for 490 yards on 111 attempts (4.4 YPC) with six touchdowns on the year.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 03:22:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt sophomore RB Rushel Shell rushed 21 times for 113 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win against Kansas.

This was the first time Shell has gone over 100 rushing yards with the Mountaineers. Shell rushed for 641 yards as a true freshman with Pittsburgh in 2012 before sitting out last season due to NCAA transferring rules. The 6-foot-0, 215-pound Shell has rushed for 380 yards on 87 attempts (4.4 YPC) with four touchdowns on the year.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 05:05:00 PM

Post-Gazette's Stephen J. Nesbitt West Virginia's running backs coach JaJuan Seider notes that junior RB Rushel Shell is "elusive" and runs with power and "he's what you're looking for in a back."

"He's different," Seider told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He runs with power. He's elusive. He's what you're looking for in a back. ... Some guy may be more of a quick back. Some guy may be more of a power back. When you've got [Shell], you're getting the complete package." The 6-foot-0, 215-pound Shell, has rushed for 267 yards on 66 attempts with 3 touchdowns on the year.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 03:27:00 PM

Former Pittsburgh sophomore Rushel Shell's mother told the Post-Gazette's Brady McCollough that the RB is transferring to West Virginia.

Shell will have to sit out the 2013 season but will have three years of eligibility remaining. Despite being known for his passing attack, Dana Holgorsen now has two talented runners on his roster in Shell and senior transfer Charles Sims. Each will be able to carry the load, however, Shell would be wise to focus on his receiving skills in the next year.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 03:34:00 PM

Former Pittsburgh sophomore RB Rushel Shell will choose between West Virginia or Kentucky in the next day or two.

We thought Kentucky was never in the race, since reports surfaced they weren't interested. Apparently those were wrong, but West Virginia appears to be the favorite to land the running back. This will not conflict with their addition of Charles Sims, since Shell will have to sit out the 2013 season.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 04:28:00 PM

Former Pittsburgh sophomore RB Rushel Shell will visit West Virginia on July 22.

Shell tweeted the news, adding he was excited for the visit. The Mountaineers appear to be the favorites to land Shell, since reports state Kentucky is not interested in adding the running back. Houston senior runner Charles Sims recently joined West Virginia for the season, but the timing still fits for Shell since he will have to sit out this year.
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 10:12:00 AM

A few days after news surfaced that former Pittsburgh sophomore RB Rushel Shell was deciding between Kentucky and West Virginia, Rivals' Justin Rowland reports the runner will not end up with the Wildcats.

"Was told once again tonight that Rushel Shell is not an option for UK," Rowland tweeted. He later clarified that Kentucky is the side lacking interest in the relationship. Shell will have to sit out the 2013 season, so he and Charles Sims would not cross over during their Mountaineer careers.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 11:02:00 AM

Former Pittsburgh sophomore RB Rushel Shell is no longer considering Ohio State and will decide between West Virginia and Kentucky.

ESPN's Brett McMurphy first reported the news. Shell will visit both West Virginia and Kentucky before making his final decision. He will almost certainly have to sit out the 2013 season after leaving Pitt and choosing not to attend UCLA this fall.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 09:30:00 PM

Former Pittsburgh sophomore RB Rushel Shell is considering transferring to West Virginia, Ohio State and Kentucky, according to his mother.

Ohio State was heavily invested in Shell's recruitment coming out of high school. Shell chose not to transfer to UCLA earlier this summer and cited his young child as the reason. West Virginia is the closest program to his home in Pennsylvania, and the school recently added former Houston runner Charles Sims. Shell will almost certainly have to sit out the 2013 season.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 10:35:00 AM

Updating a previous item, sophomore RB Rushel Shell will not be returning to Pittsburgh after deciding against transferring to UCLA.

The report comes from Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, citing sources who said Pittsburgh "never seriously entertained the option of Shell returning." The sophomore running back is now school-less, but his talent will almost certainly allow him to find a new home. However, he will likely have to sit out the 2013 season.
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 04:07:00 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore RB Rushel Shell is no longer transferring to UCLA and will stay with the Panthers for the 2013 season.

The LA Times reports Shell has twin daughters living in Pennsylvania and did not want to transfer across the country without them. The sophomore is a talented runner and totaled 641 yards and four touchdowns in 2012 while lining up as the backup running back. Shell did have restrictions on his previous transfer consideration, including the ACC, Arizona, and Arizona State.
Source: LA Times
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 08:52:00 AM

Pittsburgh sophomore RB Rushel Shell will transfer to another program.

Shell had been out of practice for a week as he was given "time away from football" to think about his future with the program, according to the Post-Gazette. Pitt must agree to release Shell from his scholarship to whatever school he wants to transfer to, and a Pac-12 school is likely the suitor. He was slated to start for the Panthers this season.
Mon, Apr 29, 2013 01:33:00 PM