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Donnel Pumphrey | Running Back

Team: San Diego State Aztecs
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/6/1994
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 180

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Eagles selected San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey with the No. 132 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
Pumphrey (5’8/176) twice earned Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year as the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher, graduating with a career 1,059-6,405-62 (6.0 YPC) stat line on the ground and 99 receptions. Pumphrey displayed plus straight-line speed (4.48) in Indy, but performed miserably in the vertical (33 ½") and broad (9’9") jumps and managed five bench-press reps of 225 pounds. An exciting college back who simply lacks NFL-level traits, Pumphrey would do well to carve out a Dexter McCluster-type career. Apr 29 - 1:31 PM

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One NFL scout expects San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey to be drafted before the fifth round.

"Might be the toughest guy in the draft... I’ll be surprised if he’s there in the fifth (round)," the scout told Bob McGinn. Pumphrey has drawn some Darren Sproles comparisons due to his 5-foot-8 and 176-pound frame, but he has a steep hill to climb to be a successful NFL player. One scout noted his power and aggression on a run against Obi Melifonwu during Senior Bowl week.
Apr 21 - 7:53 AM

An AFC West scout dismissed size concerns regarding San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey.

"I don't care how big he is, he's a good player...You have to have an offense that makes sense for him but everyone I talk to on the road likes the talent," the scout said. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein offered a supplemental note on this front, writing that the 5-foot-8, 176-pounder "won't even be an option for teams married to physical minimums, but there is a place on the roster for his talent provided he can become a return man or viable receiving option as well." Zierlein compares likely Day 3 pick Pumphrey to Texans RB Tyler Ervin, while Pro Football Focus comps him to former Buccaneers standout Warrick Dunn.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 11 - 6:02 PM

Pro Football Focus compared San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Warrick Dunn.

"Among the reasons that Dunn was so successful was his ability to run inside despite his small stature," writes the PFF analysis team. "Pumphrey shows many of the same skills that Dunn possessed: great vision, quick change of direction, and finding his way through tight areas." The San Diego State star was phenomenally productive during his collegiate career -- he exited stage left as the FBS' all-time leading rusher -- but could have an uphill climb at the next level due to size concerns. He checked into the Combine measuring a scant 5-foot-8, 176 pounds. That is an inch shorter and about 10 pounds lighter than Dunn's NFL playing weight. Pro Football Focus does not seem particularly concerned about Pumphrey's size, though, noting that he "could be used as a change-of-pace back, a third-down back, or a chess piece to move around the offense to create mismatches" and is "capable of being an impactful player at the next level."
Mar 31 - 3:35 PM

San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey was returning punts during Senior Bowl practice on Tuesday.

Pumphrey is a possible pick for late on Day 2 or early on Day 3. Should he take to return duties in rapid fashion, that would certainly be something that could enhance his value for NFL squads. However, it should be noted that (predictably) San Diego State's star back returned just five kickoffs in his career with the Aztecs and did not return a punt.
Jan 24 - 2:36 PM

San Diego State senior RB Donnel Pumphrey snapped the NCAA career rushing record in Saturday's 34-10 victory over Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Pumphrey ran for 115 yards and a touchdown to pass former Wisconsin star Ron Dayne's record of 6,397 yards. Pumphrey's record stands at 6,405 yards. In his last season of eligibility, Pumphrey logged 2,133 yards rushing and ended up accounting for more than 40-percent of his team's offense. Pumphrey will take part in the Senior Bowl before beginning preparations for the NFL Combine in advance of this spring's NFL Draft. Pumphrey is an air back who's a little bit better of a prospect than Ronnie Hillman was when Hillman came out of SDSU. We're expecting him to land in the Rds. 3-5 range, though this loaded running back class complicates running back projections.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 07:02:00 PM

San Diego State senior RB Donnel Pumphrey accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Pumphrey's career with the Aztecs has been nothing short of marvelous. He surpassed 1,600 yards rushing in every one of his seasons at SDSU outside of his freshman year in 2013. The current campaign has been his best yet on the yardage front, as he is currently sitting on 2,018 yards rushing (6.1 YPC) through 13 games played. In late September, an NFC scout forwarded the belief that Pumphrey "has the tools to be an electric change-of-pace back at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 04:13:00 PM

San Diego State senior RB Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in Saturday's 27-24 win over Wyoming in the Mountain West Championship Game.

Pumphrey and backfield buddy Rashaad Penny both surpassed 100 yards rushing in this one, with Penny actually leading the Aztecs with his 117 yards. As a team, San Diego State rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Pumphrey looked absolutely unstoppable for much of the season, but had been held under 100 yards rushing in each of his last two games prior to breaking out of his mini-slump on Saturday. San Diego State has now won back-to-back Mountain West titles. A year ago, they defeated Air Force to earn conference bragging rights.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 11:37:00 PM

San Diego State senior RB Donnel Pumphrey rushed for just 53 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in the school's 63-31 loss to Colorado State.

Pumphrey added a catch for eight yards. This was absolutely a season low for a running back who was pushing the NCAA record books in terms of rushing yards. The Aztecs are bowl eligible, and Pumphrey will definitely surface at an all star event, likely the Senior Bowl.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 08:41:00 AM

San Diego State senior RB Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 76 yards on 17 carries in Saturday's 34-33 loss to Wyoming.

Rare is the day that Mr. Pumphrey is held under the century mark. It has happened just one other time during the 2016 campaign, when he went for 98 yards against New Hampshire in the season-opener (he also scored four touchdowns in that one, so there you go). Having now rushed for 1,855 yards, Pumphrey will need 145 against Colorado State next weekend to reach 2,000 on the season.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 08:03:00 PM

San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey has earned a Senior Bowl invitation.

On the season, Pumphrey has rushed for 1,581 yards and 13 touchdowns with three regular season games remaining. Pumphrey will certainly produce his third straight 1,600-plus rushing yard season and possible third straight 2,000-plus total yard season in a row. The west coaster has already passed notable names on the all time rushing list, including Herschel Walker back in October. The running back class looks to be an awesome one this spring.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 11:46:00 AM

San Diego State senior RB Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 112 yards on 21 carries in Saturday's 55-0 win over Hawaii.

At least part of Pumphrey's librarian-approved evening was due to the fact that this was never really a contest at all. The Aztecs led 14-0 after one quarter and 27-0 at the half, eliminating the need for a true Pumhrey supernova. As is, this was the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder's second-lowest yardage output of the season and his lowest mark since he went for 98 yards against New Hampshire in the season-opener. For the season as a whole, the stalwart senior has rushed for 1,581 yards and 13 touchdowns. He will finish November with regular-season contests against Nevada, Wyoming and Colorado State to try to close out what is tracking toward a 2,000-yard campaign.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 10:04:00 AM

San Diego State senior RB Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 223 yards on 32 carries in Friday's 40-13 win over Utah State.

Alas, Pumphrey failed to score a touchdown in the game. He had found the end zone in each of the Aztecs' first seven games prior to Friday's affair. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior impressed even without a score, averaging 7.0 YPC with a long run of 44 yards. His 2016 season has been nothing short of bonkers (that is the official analytic designation), as Pumphrey has surpassed 200 yards rushing in four of eight games and has been held under 100 just once. It all adds up to 1,469 yards and 13 touchdowns. The stretch run for his 2,000-yard quest consists of dates with (sequentially) Hawaii, Nevada, Wyoming and Colorado State. Both Hawaii and Nevada currently house bottom-seven run defenses.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 11:27:00 PM

San Diego State senior RB Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in Friday's 42-3 win over San Jose State.

With his two scores, Pumphrey topped Marshall Faulk's school record for touchdowns in an Aztec career. That his 135 yards rushing represented his second lowest total of the season tells you just how brilliant Pumphrey has been in 2016. The 5-foot-9 has surpassed 100 yards rushing in every game but one and has recorded three contests of 220-plus yards. It all adds up to 1,246 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. San Diego State still has another five games left on the regular season schedule.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 01:54:00 AM

San Diego State senior RB Donnel Pumphrey passed Herschel Walker on the all-time FBS rushing list.

Some might point to Pumphrey being in his fourth year while Walker only played three seasons of college ball, but Walker was allowed 994 carries to reach 5,259 yards, while Pumphrey needed 877 carries to get to 5,383 yards... and he is still going. Some might wonder what Pumphrey's NFL position will be, as he and Walker could not be more different from a frame standpoint. At the very least, Pumphrey can act as an air back in the NFL.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 09:43:00 AM